CNN blames Pokemon Go for ‘Russian influence’ in 2016 election

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Just when you thought you’ve heard it all from CNN as to why Hillary Clinton had her ass handed to her in the 2016 election, they find another reason why Russia “hacked” and “rigged” the election. You know what the cause is now? That stupid Nintendo game Pokemon Go. Seriously. This is from a CNN “investigation.”

CNN blames Pokemon Go for ‘Russian influence’ in 2016 election
CNN blames Pokemon Go for 'Russian influence' in 2016 election

Just how much of our social outrage can be traced back to Russia’s “war-like acts” over the last couple of years? How deeply does the Russian influence campaign go? As deep as Pokemon Go, according to a report last night from CNN, in which Russian disruption efforts focused on generating rallies for Black Lives Matter through the social-media game:

Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter. A CNN investigation of a Russian-linked account shows its tentacles extended to YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go.

One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans, CNN has learned.

The campaign, titled “Don’t Shoot Us,” offers new insights into how Russian agents created a broad online ecosystem where divisive political messages were reinforced across multiple platforms, amplifying a campaign that appears to have been run from one source — the shadowy, Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency.

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that the Don’t Shoot Us Facebook page was one of the 470 accounts taken down after the company determined they were linked to the IRA. CNN has separately established the links between the Facebook page and the other Don’t Shoot Us accounts.