Pokémon Go Implicated in Russian Election Interference

Russia’s far-ranging campaign to promote dissension in the United States reportedly included an effort to weaponize Pokémon Go. CNN reported today that in July 2016, a Tumblr page linked to Russia’s now-notorious Internet Research Agency promoted a contest encouraging people sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement to play the game near famous sites of police brutality. Players were told to change their characters’ names to the victims of those incidents — an apparent effort to inflame racial tensions. The Tumblr page was linked to Do Not Shoot Us, a multi-platform campaign designed to mimic aspects of Black Lives Matter. (As CNN notes, the name plays on “hands up, don’t shoot,” one of the movement’s slogans.) Do Not Shoot Us... Continue reading…

Pokémon Go Implicated in Russian Election Interference

Whoa, boy does this story just keep going. Alright, if you’re not up to speed, it’s well-known now that the Russian government ran a massive misinformation campaign in an attempt ...

Fri 13 Oct 17 from Geek.com

Russians exploited Pokémon Go in their efforts to influence US politics

Details are emerging about a Russian-linked campaign that sought to influence US politics through a wide variety of social media platforms. The group reportedly posed as a member of the Black ...

Thu 12 Oct 17 from Techspot

Pokemon Go reportedly used for Russian meddling, too - CNET

The effort apparently shows how broadly Russian interference in the 2016 US election may have been.

Thu 12 Oct 17 from CNET

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