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The Instagram and Twitter account of the campaign have also been suspended, but the group's YouTube channel and website remain active.

The account's Facebook page was removed from the site, according to CNN, after it was found to have been linked to the IRA. CNN's report includes a screenshot from a Tumblr page with the contest rules, which shows an image of a Pokémon that's been named Eric Garner, the African-American man whose 2014 death after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City Police Department officer was caught on film.

Congress and a special investigator are looking into Russian activity during the USA election, and how Russians used the internet to wage perhaps the most successful disinformation campaign in history. As part of these efforts, the group encouraged its followers to make use of a feature that allows users to rename any Pokemon that they have captured.

The victor of the Pokemon contest would receive an Amazon gift card, the Don't Shoot Us site said.

The group instructed Pokemon Go players to replace the default Pokemon names for the names of victims of police brutality, and then take screenshots of their renamed Pokemons.

"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 provided to CNN.

CNN said it had no evidence of anyone actually claiming the prize.

Pokémon GO, the popular augmented reality mobile game, recently announced a contest that requires participants to take pictures using the game's augmented reality filter.

How huge was the Pokémon Go craze past year? Read the full CNN investigation here.

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