Iran Becomes First Country To Officially Ban ‘Pokemon Go’

Pokemon Go hasn’t even been released in every country yet (hurry up, Niantic!), but Iran has already decided that the ultra popular smartphone game has no place within its borders.

According to the country’s High Council of Virtual Spaces, which is a governing body that oversees online activity, the game is considered a security threat. They wouldn’t elaborate on what, exactly, the security concerns are, but the app does track location and have access to your phones camera. Apparently that’s too much of a risk for the government of Iran.

The game has been met with opposition in other countries as well, including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Even in North America, city officials in New York have been in contact with developers Niantic about how to ban registered sex offenders from playing the game, fearing the app’s popularity with children.

Iran hasn’t said exactly what the ban will entail, since you can still download the game in other countries (or just by changing your phones location temporarily). Perhaps they will ask Niantic to remove all Pokestops and Gyms, which would make the game almost unplayable.

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

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