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Russian Federation reportedly used Pokémon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensions

13 October 2017

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. Players were told to change their characters' names to the victims of those incidents - an apparent effort to inflame racial tensions. The Facebook page was one of 470 pages that were removed after the company determined that it was linked to Russian groups attempting to interfere in United States politics.

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.

CNN said the "Don't Shoot Us" group was one of the 470 found on Facebook. "Eric Garner" - who died after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer - was the example given in a post promoting the contest.

It isn't clear if anyone actually entered the contest, or if any of the promised prizes were awarded, according to CNN. In addition to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts (all of which are now suspended), Don't Shoot Us carried out its agenda by way of a Pokémon Go contest in which followers could allegedly win Amazon gift cards by training Pokémon near locations where police brutality took place.

Pokémon GO remains one of the most popular games on the App Store. You never know, you can end up being that lucky victor.

Russian Federation reportedly used Pokémon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensions