Russia used Pokemon Go to rig 2016 election
2021-11-13 at 9:12 PM UTC
Russian-linked campaign used Pokémon Go to meddle in election
BY REBECCA SAVRANSKY - 10/12/17 03:25 PM EDT
The mobile game app Pokémon Go was reportedly used by a Russian-linked campaign to meddle in U.S. politics.
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.
"It's clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission," Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go, said in a statement provided to CNN.
"It is important to note that Pokémon GO, as a platform, was not and cannot be used to share information between users in the app so our platform was in no way being used. This 'contest' required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. Niantic will consider our response as we learn more," the company said.
The account's Facebook page was removed from the site, according to CNN, after it was found to have been linked to the IRA. The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active.
The news comes after a report Wednesday said the House Intelligence Committee plans to release the Facebook ads purchased by Russian groups during the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook recently revealed Moscow purchased online ads that specifically targeted swing states such as Michigan and Wisconsin as well as particular demographic groups to influence the presidential race.
Pinterest was another social media platform revealed to have been used to spread Russia-linked political posts during the election, it acknowledged this week.
Very important, why wasn't this investigated properly?
Are the Pokemans Trump supporters?
2021-11-14 at 3:49 AM UTClul, I'm pretty sure I posted about this at the time
2021-11-14 at 3:50 AM UTCalso 'IRA' never actually existed, it was entirely a CIA invention
2021-11-14 at 8:36 AM UTCDude where's my reality? 🤔
2021-11-14 at 8:55 AM UTCreality is fake and gay
2021-11-15 at 11:30 AM UTCso the greatest economic and military power's election was defeated by a pokemon game?
2021-11-15 at 11:33 AM UTC
2021-11-15 at 11:41 AM UTC
its the most retarded hysteria ever concocted in all of history.
at least in the dark ages when people blamed invisible demons for everything, they knew what they were bitching about even if they didnt know the culprit.
today, i keep hearing everyone blaming some unknown, invisible, unnamed russian hackers for all societal problems.
no one can tell me the exact problem beyond some vague "eroding our values" "eroding our confidence in our own democracy" kind of bullshit
its like, what the fuck are you retards babbling about? why do you have authority over me and have access to nuclear warheads? why arent you in a psychiatric hospital where you belong?