Niantic is hosting a 'Pokémon Go' AR photography contest

Lester Mason
October 12, 2017

It's not just Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Use the AR camera feature in the Pokémon GO application to snap a photo of a Pokémon while you're using the app.

The effort was allegedly centered around a campaign called "Don't Shoot Us", an apparent reference to the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" slogan that became popular after the shooting of Michael Brown.

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. 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.

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. Players were also encouraged to give their Pokemon the names of those victims shot by police, including Eric Garner.

Niantic have launched an AR photo contest for their mobile app, Pokémon GO.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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