Russian trolls said to ‘meddle in election’ by co-opting Pokémon Go

Russian trolls said to ‘meddle in election’ by co-opting Pokémon Go
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[Ed. – We seem to be getting an awful long way from “meddling in the election” here.  Seriously, by this criterion, everybody who suggested any form of digital political activism was meddling in the election.]

CNN reported that a Russian-linked campaign called “Don’t Shoot Us,” likely run by Moscow-linked “troll farm” Internet Research Agency (IRA), used Pokémon Go — among several other mediums including Facebook and Twitter — and posed as a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Moscow-linked actors appear to be the source of the campaign that had a goal to raise racial tensions by bringing up incidents of police brutality.

The campaign posted on its Tumblr page to urge users to play Pokémon Go as part of a contest. It encouraged users to find Pokémon in places where police brutality had happened and then to rename their Pokémon after the victims.

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