Russian Federation reportedly used Pokémon Go in an effort to inflame racial tensions

One of the prizes

One of the prizes

Niantic have launched an AR photo contest for their mobile app, Pokémon GO. Yep, it's not limited to U.S. 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. On Thursday, CNN reported that a Russian-operated campaign posing as a Black Lives Matter group used Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and even Pokemon Go in order to provoke Americans and exploit racial tensions.

Don't Shoot Us instructed followers to name Pokémon after a victim of police brutality - the example used Eric Garner - then share screenshots of it near the "crime scene", the news outlet reports. The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active. The Facebook page was one of 470 pages that were removed after the company determined that it was linked to Russian groups attempting to interfere in United States politics. The post promoted a contest, which promised Amazon gift cards to the winners, according to the report.

CNN said it had no evidence to suggest anyone actually participated in the competition, but said that by promoting the event the Russians may have been attempting to "upset or anger" people living near areas where people had been killed by police.

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