Russians exploited Pokémon Go in their efforts to influence USA politics

Pokemon Snap in real life

Pokemon Snap in real life

A year ago Pokemon Go was the hottest thing.

Russian cyber experts created a Pokemon Go game as part of their attempts to meddle with the U.S. election, according to an investigation by CNN.

As per the report, the Russians started a campaign after posing as part of the "Black Lives Matter movement" and exploited the cyber world and media to increase racial tensions among the U.S. citizens. As part of these efforts, the group encouraged its followers to make use of a feature that allows users to rename any Pokemon that they have captured. One of the most creative (and disturbing) ways that the trolls attempted to do this was by running a contest through the Don't Shoot Us Tumblr page encouraging Pokemon Go players to hunt for Pokemon "near locations where alleged incidents of police brutality had taken place". To win a $100 Amazon Gift card, participants were asked to send a screenshot of their Pokemon owning a gym.

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Journalists of the most influential TV station investigated and found that Russian Federation destabilizie the internal situation in the United States associated with miresevini collisions, using the still popular game Pokemon Go.

On the plus side, CNN couldn't find any evidence that anyone actually entered the contest, so maybe Pokemon Go players are a little smarter than the public thinks.when they're not running into traffic or crashing their cars to catch Pokemon, that is. The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game.

The mobile game app Pokémon Go was reportedly used by a Russian-linked campaign to meddle in USA politics.

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