Russian agents even turned Pokémon Go against us

Russian agents even turned Pokémon Go against us

Yep, it's not limited to United States residents only, and the victor will get a sweet swag bag containing a poster autographed by the team, a pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds and - this is the best part if you still avidly play the mobile game - a Go Plus accessory.

A Russian-linked account masquerading as a Black Lives Matter activist group called Don't Shoot Us apparently had the "dual goal of galvanizing African Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat", CNN reports.

One of the prizes
One of the prizes

The Tumblr page was linked to Do Not Shoot Us, a multi-platform campaign created to mimic aspects of Black Lives Matter.

"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, the makers of Pokémon Go, said in a statement provided to CNN. The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active.

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It promised Amazon gift cards to the users who submited the most screenshots.

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

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