Russia’s far-ranging marketing campaign to advertise dissension in the US reportedly included an effort to weaponize Pokémon Go. CNN reported at the moment that in July 2016, a Tumblr web page linked to Russia’s now-notorious Web Analysis Company promoted a contest encouraging individuals sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter motion to play the sport close to well-known websites of police brutality. Gamers have been advised to vary their characters’ names to the victims of these incidents — an obvious effort to inflame racial tensions.
The Tumblr web page was linked to Do Not Shoot Us, a multi-platform marketing campaign designed to imitate facets of Black Lives Matter. (As CNN notes, the identify performs on “arms up, don’t shoot,” one of many motion’s slogans.) Do Not Shoot Us included an internet site, donotshoot.us, together with associated pages on Fb, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The Fb web page was one among 470 pages that have been eliminated after the corporate decided that it was linked to Russian teams trying to intervene in US politics.
In accordance with CNN, the group’s Tumblr web page included a publish exhibiting a Pokémon named “Eric Garner,” who died after being put in a chokehold by a officer of the New York Police Division. The publish promoted a contest, which promised Amazon reward playing cards to the winners, in response to the report. CNN couldn’t discover proof that anybody truly participated within the contest, it mentioned, or that the web page had distributed the reward playing cards.
The Fb, Instagram, and Twitter accounts of the group have been suspended, CNN mentioned. Its YouTube and Tumblr pages, although, stay energetic — although the Tumblr web page has shifted to posts about Palestine.