Russian agents even turned Pokémon Go against us

Russian agents even turned Pokémon Go against us

Even Pokemon Go, the mega-popular smartphone game that became a phenomenon past year, was reportedly the target of Russian agents trying to meddle with the 2016 U.S. election, according to a report Thursday by CNN.

The name of the campaign is "Don't Shoot Us", likely a reference to the "hands up, don't shoot" slogan that became a rallying cry of sorts after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson.

A Russian-linked account masquerading as a Black Lives Matter activist group called Don't Shoot Us apparently had the "dual goal of galvanizing African Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat", CNN reports.

It promised Amazon gift cards to the users who submited the most screenshots. According to the CNN report, the "Don't Shoot Us" campaign announced a contest on its Tumblr page in July 2016 for Pokemon Go players.

As Niantic explains, there is no way to message or communicate with one another within the Pokemon Go app.

Don't Shoot Us also had accounts on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube - the latter of which had some 200 videos of footage showing alleged police brutality.

Niantic has launched the Pokémon GO AR Photo Contest this week, challenging players to snap "epic AR photos" while trying to catch 'mon. You never know, you can end up being that lucky victor.

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