Pokémon Go Banned in Iran, Deemed Security Concern and Sacrilegious

Pokémon Go Banned in Iran, Deemed Security Concern and Sacrilegious

In more gaming news bleeding into the real world, Pokémon Go has been banned in Iran due to “security concerns.” According to the BBC (via Eurogamer), Iran’s High Council of Virtual Spaces – the governing body for online activity in the country – made the ruling.

The governing body hasn’t clarified what the alleged security concerns are. Previously there was some controversy about the amount of information developer Niantic had access to with one’s Google Account, thought they later clarified that this was a bug and would be fixed.

The augmented reality monster catching game could also be seeing the ban over religious reasons. In 2001, the Pokémon card game was banned via fatwa (religious ruling), as it contained “forbidden images,” linked to Christianity and Judaism, thought to be propaganda. The BBC claims that Pokémon Go has fallen under the same fatwa.

This isn’t the first country to take a hard stance on the wildly popular game. Russia thinks the game is a Western spy tool, used to disrupt the nation.



 

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Comments Comments (10)

 
Posted by AdamC
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 10:22 AM
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That's a shame. I didn't know anything about the Google account part though
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 2:46 PM
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I feel more egotistical every day. Not that I need to.

Learned a new word. Fatwalalala.
 
 
 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 4:23 PM
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Honestly this is getting ridiculous now. Its just a very simple game that involves walking!
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 4:45 PM
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I for one welcome our new Pokemon overlords. May fainting come quickly to their foes.
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 4:59 PM
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I don't understand why people are surprised??? This is pretty much standard Iran behaviour.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 5:46 PM
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The gamers suffering because of the sh*tty government, sounds familiar i still haven't got Postal 2 yet.
 
 
 
Posted by piratemonkey
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 8:16 PM
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Has Pokemon Go been released in Iran yet? , is it a preemptive strike?
 
 
 
Posted by TenguNZ
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 9:38 PM
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Lucky Iranians....
 
 
 
Posted by Kyimo
On Monday 8 Aug 2016 11:04 PM
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8 August 2016, 04:45 PM Reply to Xaphriel
I for one welcome our new Pokemon overlords. May fainting come quickly to their foes.
indeed, praise the sun! /
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Tuesday 9 Aug 2016 11:05 PM
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The collection and sale of information is actually something to consider though. Even more "moderate" countries such as Germany have issues with Niantic's collection and sale of the data, as it appears to violate their privacy laws.
I know most individuals aren't too worried, but it's not nothing.