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Russia reportedly used Pokémon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensions

The Verge Thursday, 12 October 2017 ()
Russia reportedly used Pokémon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensionsRussia’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...
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A Russia-linked troll farm called the Internet Research Agency, or IRA, reportedly tried to inflame tensions among Americans through the popular game Pokémon Go.

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