Go no mo’. At least not here…
Iran has become the world’s first country to fully ban the incredibly popular Pok├â┬⌐mon Go mobile game! Why??
The country’s officials are claiming it’s for security concerns!
Abolhasan Firouzabadi, the country’s head of supreme council of virtual space (what a title!), said it was all about Pok├â┬⌐mon Go not getting cleared by the nation’s officials to operate there in the first place:
“Any game that wants to operate nationwide in Iran needs to obtain permission from the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance, and the Pok├â┬⌐mon Go app has not yet requested such a permission.”
This ban has been a long time coming for the Iranians, as just last week another senior judicial official in the country — Abdolsamad Khorramabadi — argued the augmented reality game was a serious security dilemma for the country’s intelligence community:
“There are many problems with the game and security-wise, it can create problems for the country and our people.”
Unsurprisingly, tech-savvy younger people in Iran quickly embraced the game, just as young people have been doing from all over the world.
Internet filtering is, unfortunately, a way of life in Iran — many social media networks and various websites including Facebook and Twitter are blocked for the country’s population — but users have always found their way around blocks.
Appropriately, a prominent Iranian cartoonist, criticized the decision to ban Pok├â┬⌐mon Go by calling out the country’s morality police (below):
How appropriate! But also, you know, chilling…
So as you continue to catch ’em all wherever you may be, just remember that others around the world are unfortunately not so lucky!