As protests in Hong Kong enter their seventh week, protest organizers are worried that the police might be infiltrating Telegram groups; instead, they’ve taken to organizing protests by sending messages over Tinder and Pokemon Go, and by using Apple’s ad-hoc, serverless Airdrop protocol.
This poster inviting people for a game of Pokémon Go appeared on Reddit-like forum LIHGK. Besides hunting Pokémon, people were also invited to participate in other activities such as sightseeing to defy the assembly ban. (Picture: lihkh.com)
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