Iran bans people playing Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was initially released in selected countries in July 2016. It quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used mobile apps, reportedly having been downloaded by more than 100 million people worldwide. However, it has also attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations. Multiple governments expressed concerns over the game’s security, Iran has become the first country to officially ban Pokemon Go, with authorities citing “security concerns” as the reason for their decision.

Iranian authorities reportedly said earlier this month the game’s status in Iran would depend on the level of co-operation afforded by the game’s creators, according to the Mehr News Agency, which is run by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization. Pokémon Go Account A decree set out the Council’s aim to prevent Iran from perceived harm from “the increasing spread of information and communication technologies, particularly that of the global internet network and its important role in personal and social life,” the BBC reported at the time.

Pokemon Go’s dramatic rise to popularity after it was first released last month has caused a spike in security fears after a number of reported phone robberies were linked to the game. Buy Pokemon Go Account On 22 July, an 18-year-old in Guatemala was shot dead while he was out catching Pokemon with his cousin. And in Stockholm, emergency services were reportedly called to rescue a man who impaled his thigh on a metal fence in the city’s Olympic Stadium while trying to catch a Pokemon.

The Iranian High Council of Virtual Spaces, an official body overseeing online activity that was set up in 2012, has forbidden the use of the popular ‘augmented reality’ smartphone game, according to the BBC. The High Council of Virtual Spaces was created by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current Supreme Leader. The Israeli army has been banned from playing Pokemon Go because of the location services and cameras needed to run it – stoking fears players could unwittingly expose military secrets.

Although the game encourage people go outside and it’s great to help people communicate withe others while playing game, some accidents have also happened because of Pokémon Go. The other countries also do not endorse people playing Pokemon Go. In New York, Governor Gov Cuomo has banned sex offenders from playing the game, which is popular with teenagers and young people. He has urged Niantic, the American software developer behind the game, to assist him with the ban’s enforcement. And while the game remains unavailable in China, the country is said to be concerned about Niantic collecting information about users and helping foreign spies discover hidden military bases, according to the Mirror.