Not even Pikachu was safe from the Russian election year hacking.
A CNN report indicates a Russian-linked campaign purporting to represent the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Pokemon Go to spread racial discord last year.
The bogus “Don’t Shoot Us” effort maintained a website registered in March 2016 as the presidential campaign was heating up.
A source told the news network that the group’s Facebook page was taken down by the social media company after the site was linked to the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency.
The page received more than 254,000 “likes” in a six-month period after going live, according to CNN.
CNN reported the “Don’t Shoot Us” effort was likely launched to both inspire protests among the black community and raise paranoia among white Americans.
The bogus group used its Tumblr account in July 2016 to promote a version of Pokemon Go where players were steered to the sites of alleged police brutality victims.
The contest was advertised using a Pokemon character named Eric Garner, the black man killed by a police stranglehold on Staten Island in 2014.
“It is clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions … without our permission,” said Pokemon Go parent company Niantic in a statement.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said her company was ready to assist federal investigators in exposing Russian-backed political ads that appeared on her platform last year.
“We told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them,” she said in a Thursday interview with the Axios news website.
As many as 3,000 divisive ads were believed purchased by the Russians before and after the 2016 presidential race.