Iran has become the first country to issue a nation-wide ban on Pokmon Go, after it was ruled that the popular app presents a ‘security’ risk.
As reported by theBBC, the High Council of Virtual Spaces government body, which controls activity and content permitted online, decided to completely outlaw Niantic’s app. The High Council declined to issue further information on the apparent security concerns.
Another contributing factor may be the game’s incompatibility with the beliefs of the country’s Muslim population. Saudi sheikh Saleh al-Fozan previously voiced concerns that a former fatwa against the Pokmon trading card game would extend to Pokmon Go, as they both violate religious laws on forbidden images and gambling. However, this fatwa may only apply to al-Fozan’s region.
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