CNNreported that a Russian-linked campaign called "Don't Shoot Us", likely run by Moscow-linked "troll farm" Internet Research Agency, used Pokemon Go - among several other mediums including Facebook and Twitter - and posed as a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Virtually everything the Don't Shoot Us social media accounts (which were active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere) published or shared was meant to stir up trouble or cause division by taking advantage of activists who had grievances with the justice system in the United States. Players were told to change their characters' names to the victims of those incidents - an apparent effort to inflame racial tensions. The same group had accounts on YouTube and Tumblr, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, services that have already been named as being used by Russian-affiliated accounts to promote divisive content online.
It promised Amazon gift cards to the users who submited the most screenshots.
"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", a spokesperson for Niantic, the game developer behind Pokemon Go, said in a statement. Then you'll be thrilled to know that Niantic just launched a fun Pokémon Go AR Contest which challenges trainers to snap epic AR phones while trying to catch Pokémons in stunning locations. But one surprise tool was Pokemon Go. You never know, you can end up being that lucky victor.
Raptors no longer staying at Trump-owned NY hotel
But some coaches and players have made it clear that Trump's politics definitely factors into their decision to stay elsewhere. The Washington Post found that teams pay about $20,000 a night to stay at hotels like Trump SoHo in New York City.