CNN: ‘Pokemon Go’ was used by Russian trolls to sow discord on social media

October 12, 2017
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If there is an end to the rabbit hole that is Russia’s attempts to meddle in the US presidential election, we still haven’t reached it. On Thursday, CNN reported that a Russian-operated campaign posing as a Black Lives Matter group used Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and even Pokemon Go in order to provoke Americans and exploit racial tensions.

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. According to CNN’s source, the Don’t Shoot Us page was one of 470 Facebook accounts taken down once Facebook discovered it was connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) — a group of trolls who run influence operations on behalf of the Kremlin.

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