by Tony Cartalucci, Activist Post:
Some could have been excused for dismissing initial qualms surrounding the GPS-based augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. The game has swept the world, but its development is surrounded by disturbing connections between its developer Niantic, its former parent company Google, and the US State Department.
But while many before could only speculate as to the reason the US State Department may have been interested in developing such a game, it appears now there is at least a partial answer.
AFP would report in their article, “Pokemon Go a campaign weapon for presidential candidates,” that:
The global phenomenon Pokemon Go has made its way onto the US presidential campaign trail with the staff of both major candidates appealing to users of the smartphone game to catch voters.
AFP would also report (emphasis added):
Clinton staffers have since been cruising the streets looking for Pokemon hunters, hoping to divert their attention for the few minutes it takes to register to vote.
At a recent event in Ohio, the Democratic campaign encouraged players to come to its “lure module” — a feature that brings more Pokemon to a given location — to “get free Pokemon” and “learn more about Sec. Hillary Clinton!”
Quite literally then, the game is being used to lure people to physical locations through the promise of virtual payments. Once there they are subjected to political campaigning. One could imagine how this could be further expanded upon to manipulate people to an even greater degree.
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