Iran Becomes First Country to Stop Pokemon Go

An Iranian man plays on the Pokemon Go app in northern Tehran's Mellat Park on August 3, 2016. / AFP / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jerusalem Post reports: Iran has become the first country to ban popular smartphone game Pokemon Go, citing “security concerns.”

Officials from the country’s High Council of Virtual Spaces began contemplating a ban last month, according to the BBC on Friday, but wanted to see if the game’s creators would agree to fix the unspecified security issues.

Though this is the game’s first national ban, Pokemon Go has received its share of criticism. Players have been asked to refrain from the game while at sensitive places such as Auschwitz and the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC

On July 20, Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokemon game franchise is un-Islamic.

Meanwhile, the IDF banned the game from all military bases out of fears that “sensitive military information, such as photographs and base locations,” could be inadvertently leaked.

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