CNN said about Russia’s attempts to sow discord in the USA via Pokemon Go
CNN said that the organizers “associated with Russia” campaign in social networks under the name Do not Shoot Us tried to “sow discord among the Americans, using racial tension” with the game Pokemon Go. This TV channel has reported, citing its own investigation.
It is reported that the campaign name may be a reference to the slogan “Hands up, don’t shoot,” which became popular after the murder of African-American Michael brown in Ferguson.
According to the channel, to promote the campaign used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and playing Pokemon Go.
It is reported that the organizers of the campaign with a contest urged users to look for pokemon and to train them near places where there were cases of cruelty by the police.
Additionally, users are encouraged to assign their pokemon names that match the names of the dead at the hands of police. For example, the “Eric garner” — the African American who died after a police officer in new York arrested him.
According to the channel, the winners of the contest promised to award gift cards Amazon.
“From the images provided to us by CNN, it is clear that these assets were assigned and used for promotional purposes by third parties without our permission”, — reported in Niantic, which is the developer of the game Pokemon Go.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal citing sources reported that Russian authorities have used anti-virus software, developed by “Kaspersky Lab”, as a tool for spying.