Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election extended even further than originally thought — to Youtube, Tumblr, and even Pokémon Go.
According to a new CNN report, one Russian-linked campaign titled "Don't Shoot Us" — as a means to align itself with the Black Lives Matter movement — used used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and Pokémon Go "in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans."
The campaign, which has links to the Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency also contacted some journalists.
The "Don't Shoot Us" campaign was used as a means to motivate African Americans to protest police brutality, while simultaneously encouraging other Americans to view such activism as a threat to the country.
The "Don't Shoot Us" campaign's Facebook page was one of the 470 accounts taken down by the social media giant after linking it to the Russian troll farm. Facebook, Instagram and 201 identified Twitter accounts belonging to the campaign are currently suspended, though the group's YouTube channel and website were both still active as of Thursday morning.
The dontshoot.us website links to a Tumblr account that encouraged readers to join a Pokémon Go contest. In the contest, players of the augmented reality game were told to find and "train" Pokémon characters near locations of alleged police brutality, and then give their Pokémon names corresponding with the victims.
"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 to CNN.
"It is important to note that Pokémon GO, as a platform, was not and cannot be used to share information between users in the app so our platform was in no way being used. This 'contest' required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. Niantic will consider our response as we learn more."
The Tumblr page now posts pro-Palestine campaign posts.
Facebook and Twitter have both turned over their findings into Russian meddling to congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.