Friday, 15 December, 2017

Russia Tried to Use Pokemon Go to Destabilize US Election

Russia Tried to Use Pokemon Go to Destabilize US Election Russia Tried to Use Pokemon Go to Destabilize US Election
Theresa Hayes | 13 October, 2017, 02:05

Congress and a special investigator are looking into Russian activity during the USA election, and how Russians used the internet to wage perhaps the most successful disinformation campaign in history.

The group "Don't Shoot Us" followed a now-familiar pattern of embracing politically divisive causes in order to help spark societal turmoil in the U.S. Facebook had said it found 470 fake accounts with Russian backers that spread messages on all manner of topics, from immigration to gun control, anything that might drive a wedge in the American fabric. CNN uncovered YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter pages for Don't Shoot Us as well. "Eric Garner" - who died after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer - was the example given in a post promoting the contest. Niantic's last big event, the Pokémon Go Fest, unfortunately turned out to be a huge mess.

Within this latticework of deception was a "contest" that asked players to train their Pikachus near sites where police brutality occurred, and then name their creatures after the real-life 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 told CNN.

On the plus side, CNN couldn't find any evidence that anyone actually entered the contest, so maybe Pokemon Go players are a little smarter than the public thinks.when they're not running into traffic or crashing their cars to catch Pokemon, that is.

Use the AR camera feature in the Pokémon GO application to snap a photo of a Pokémon while you're using the app. The Don't Shoot Us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages have been suspended.

Pokémon GO, the popular augmented reality mobile game, recently announced a contest that requires participants to take pictures using the game's augmented reality filter.