Iran bans Pokemon GO out of security concerns



The High Council of Virtual Spaces, Iran's official authority on cyber activity, has banned Pokemon GO in the country – the reason being security concerns. Thus, Iran becomes the first country to act on its intent of cutting access to the location-based Pokemon-hunting game.

Iran's move follows a string of restrictions established in other countries. For example, Indonesia forbids police officers from playing on duty, while French authorities arrested a player who wandered uninvited into a military base to catch a virtual monster.

Moreover, the New York Police Department banned close to 3,000 registered sex offenders from playing the game while on parole. The measure is taken in an effort to protect children playing the game.

The Iran authorities haven't specified their reasoning for banning the game, but it presumably has something to do with collecting location data and preventing citizens from wandering into restricted areas. The government is sensitive and strict when it comes to security, and banning Pokemon GO is a clear demonstration of the lengths its willing to go to.

source: BBC

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26 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6863; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I wish our country was as concerned about security...wish it was banned here also.

2. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Idiot.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6863; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hmmm...another poke 'n go lover eh? Just don't get in my way and you'll be alright... because I WILL run over you and your fake reality ;)

21. Fona13A unregistered

It's one thing not liking a fad, another to be a purple faced dick about it. Your neighbors don't whine about children's shows on TVTropes, I'm sure of it.

27. lyndon420

Posts: 6863; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I could care less about this fad if it wasn't annoying people or getting people injured / mobbed. Sounds like people aren't spending much time thinking about their surroundings when playing this game.

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

So you're willing to go to jail for murder on the basis of rage, you're not very smart are you?

26. lyndon420

Posts: 6863; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It wouldn't be murder if he suddenly jumped in front of me...he'd end up as just another pokemon go casualty. Smart is...what? ;)

31. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Thanks for proving my point that you don't even know what smart is. I never thought you were this retarded.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Then go vpn then Pokémon GO!

8. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Or sideload apk with any Android phone.

13. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

or blackberry os 10

4. Fona13A unregistered

"Security Reasons" More like, it somehow insults your culture, therefore it's illegal.

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I'm pretty sure that's the case since a few Muslim councils have banned Pokemon Go on the basis of "worshipping false gods" or some such bulls**t.

7. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Pokemon go is a cultural phenomenon and it shows just how degenerate the West is becoming. I don't blame them for banning a game like that. Their reasons are their reasons and I won't judge them, unlike so many of our hypocritical freedom-of-choice loving citizens in the West.

10. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You are completely right, we need to ban anything that makes people go outside and interact with others. Let's start with every sport, just look at all crazy hooligans, only crazy hooligans watch and play sports!

11. Fona13A unregistered

It's just a game bro calm down. Your cultural sensibilities take a back seat.

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Please explain how on earth does pokemon go make the west degenerate. I am not knocking you off, but am curious as to how your reasoning goes.

15. Fona13A unregistered

SYSTEM_LORD will tell you any government that isn't the west is smarter, works harder, fights for freedoms harder, and bans the filthy G-Rated Applications from tainting the minds of young Muslim children. XperiaFanZone, if you take everything seriously you will go gray, assuming you aren't sixty already.

23. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

1. I'm not xperia fanzone 2. I take it as the guy system Lord is probably brainwashed, I just fail to see some of his politics, but I'm curious, who knows he might be right but I want to see his point of view, if he can't back himself up target we'll know he's full of s**t but otherwise I'm willing to listen to his reasoning.

30. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Wrong. The US just has some serious domestic issues that are gonna bite us in the arse if we're not careful. And to the other guy up top, getting active isn't about having you face plugged into a cell phone.

32. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Okay, what kind of domestic issues can transcend continents to affect you? Very curious about your reasoning

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It insults the human intelligence of the world, never mind the culture of one country.

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I guess after 19 years, we can still see the porygon effect and the fear from computers.

16. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Wanna talk about freedom? Iran doesn't seem to know what it means.

22. ullokey

Posts: 183; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

How come Ingress is not banned?

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