Russian groups even 'used Pokemon Go to increase racial tensions in the US'
The campaign which was titled as 'Don't Shoot Us' was started by a Tumblr page that was tied to Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency
Russia used even Pokemon Go in its effort to promote racial tensions in the US. According to an investigative report by CNN, accounts affiliated to Kremlin, used sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokemon Go to meddle and influence the US politics.
As per the report, the Russians started a campaign after posing as part of the ‘Black Lives Matter movement’ and exploited the cyber world and media to increase racial tensions among the US citizens. The campaign which was titled 'Don't Shoot Us' was started by a Tumblr page that was tied to Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency.
The page promoted people to participate in a contest which encouraged them to play the game near sites that were linked to police brutality against the African-Americans.
The page had slogans such as ‘hands up, don’t shoot,’ and also showed a Pokemon named after Eric Garner, who died after being put on a choke-hold by a New York cop. The page also promoted the game by offering gifts to participants, even though it is not clear whether anyone participated or received gifts.
The instance of Russian sites using online platforms to influence the US politics is not a new thing. Earlier over 500 pages on various sites including the Facebook page of ‘Do Not Shoot Us’ were removed after it was found that they were linked to Russian groups trying to influence US affairs. However, the ‘Do Not Shoot Us’ group remains active on Tumblr and YouTube.Russia has already been accused of influencing last year’s presidential elections in favour of Donald Trump. It is assumed that by instigating anger among the black population the Russian agencies may have hoped to plant concerns of security among the white population.