Pokémon GO Announces Photo Contest

One of the prizes

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.

Even Pokemon Go wasn't safe from Russian election-tampering efforts, CNN reports following an investigation into the pre-election activities of the Internet Research Agency.

The CNN story came after the New York Times reported earlier this month that Kremlin-linked cyber workers promoted content on Facebook that appeared to be of American origin, but was created to sow division on political issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the most creative (and disturbing) ways that the trolls attempted to do this was by running a contest through the Don't Shoot Us Tumblr page encouraging Pokemon Go players to hunt for Pokemon "near locations where alleged incidents of police brutality had taken place".

The victor of the Pokemon contest would receive an Amazon gift card, the Don't Shoot Us site said.

Virtually everything the Don't Shoot Us social media accounts (which were active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere) published or shared was meant to stir up trouble or cause division by taking advantage of activists who had grievances with the justice system in the United States. Game maker Niantic Labs told CNN that users can't actually share information in the game with each other.

CNN said the "Don't Shoot Us" group was one of the 470 found on Facebook.

Use the AR camera feature in the Pokémon GO application to snap a photo of a Pokémon while you're using the app.

How huge was the Pokémon Go craze previous year?

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.



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