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originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: Cutepants
Okay, I've now visited rt.com which I didnt realize the OP link was to them.
And glad I did lots of funny memes about the story.
So then I went and googled for the CNN piece 'cnn putin pikachu', and noticed some other great coverage of the CNN piece.
One person pointed out: "guess Hillary was colluding with Russia then cause she told everyone to Pokemon Go go go to the polls".
Hey, that's right!
All of these YouTube videos link back to a donotshoot.us website. This website was registered in March 2016 to a "Clerk York" in Illinois. Public records do not show any evidence that someone named Clerk York lives in Illinois. The street address and phone number listed in the website's registration belong to a shopping mall in North Riverside, Illinois.
The donotshoot.us website in turn links to a Tumblr account. In July 2016, this Tumblr account announced a contest encouraging readers to play Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game in which users go out into the real world and use their phones to find and "train" Pokémon characters. money.cnn.com...
In July 2016, this Tumblr account announced a contest encouraging readers to play Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game in which users go out into the real world and use their phones to find and "train" Pokémon characters. Specifically, the Don't Shoot Us contest directed readers to go to find and train Pokémon near locations where alleged incidents of police brutality had taken place.
Users were instructed to give their Pokémon names corresponding with those of the victims. A post promoting the contest showed a Pokémon named "Eric Garner," for the African-American man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer. Winners of the contest would receive Amazon gift cards, the announcement said.
It's unclear what the people behind the contest hoped to accomplish, though it may have been to remind people living near places where these incidents had taken place of what had happened and to upset or anger them.
CNN has not found any evidence that any Pokémon Go users attempted to enter the contest, or whether any of the Amazon Gift Cards that were promised were ever awarded -- or, indeed, whether the people who designed the contest ever had any intention of awarding the prizes.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
It is very plain to see that CNN did not claim that Pokémon Go was used to undermine the election as the OP claimed.
Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort
You Won’t Finish This Article
Why people online don’t read to the end.
I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are already gone. You “bounced” in Web traffic jargon, meaning you spent no time “engaging” with this page at all.
So now there are 100 of you left. Nice round number. But not for long! We’re at the point in the page where you have to scroll to see more. Of the 100 of you who didn’t bounce, five are never going to scroll. Bye!
OK, fine, good riddance. So we’re 95 now..........
originally posted by: intrepid
a reply to: Gryphon66
Although the Hollywood Rape Culture thread gave me an idea for a game. Predator Go. You run around Hollywood looking for rapists. "Gotta catch them all."
Russia’s far-ranging campaign to promote dissension in the United States reportedly included an effort to weaponize Pokémon Go.
CNN reported today that in July 2016, a Tumblr page linked to Russia’s now-notorious Internet Research Agency promoted a contest encouraging people sympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement to play the game near famous sites of police brutality. Players were told to change their characters’ names to the victims of those incidents — an apparent effort to inflame racial tensions.
originally posted by: darkbake
What I don't understand is why conservatives are all but cheering for this kind of interference, even going so far as to pretend that it didn't happen at all. Is it because Russia is helping their cause, and they want to look the other way? Or maybe conservatives are butthurt that they were manipulated?