Iran has banned its citizens from playing Pokémon Go, because of “security concerns”. Defiance could mean jail time or worst. This could be a move to curb trespassing and large gatherings of people, which puts authorities on edge.
Though the game has not been officially released in the country, players are able to download it thanks to third-party sources. The ban of Pokémon Go is just another add-on to a growing list of website restriction in the country. Facebook and Twitter has long been blocked in severe internet control on Iran’s population.
This augmented reality game is available for download in 90 countries and has been a hit from the start, with some people getting themselves into sticky situations in the pursuit virtual monsters, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
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