Pokemon Go Used By Russians To Meddle With Presidential Election

Players were told to visit real-world sites in the USA where police brutality had been recorded, and to give their Pokemon characters the names of victims.

The "Don't Shoot Us" accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were suspended, but the media outlet said the YouTube account and website it linked to the campaign was still active as of this morning. So massive that Russian Federation reportedly tried to use the game to tear America apart from the inside.

According to the report, the Don't Shoot Us campaign - an apparent reference to the Michael Brown-inspired mantra "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" - announced a contest on its Tumblr page in July 2016 for Pokemon Go players. The slogan became widespread among Black Lives Matter and social justice activists. One of the Tumblr posts showed a Pokemon character named Eric Garner - an unarmed black man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer in 2014. CNN claims that the campaign even contacted some individual reporters "in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans".

Russian Federation used even Pokemon Go in its effort to promote racial tensions in the US.

According to the report, Pokemon Go wasn't directly changed, but rather "game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties", according to a statement in the report from Pokemon Go creators Niantic. You can check it out here.

Facebook shut down 470 pages and accounts in recent weeks in response to a congressional probe into Russian meddling in last year's election.

The Russian foreign ministry denied any attempts on the part of Russia to meddle in the USA election, as it always has, ridiculing the report. Representatives from these companies will testify in front of the Senate and House of Representatives Intelligence Committees on November 1.

Vanessa Coleman