- Boy invites kindergarten class to his adoption–and people are emotional 3 Years Ago
- Reddit links leaked trade deal documents to Russian campaign Today 10:44 AM
- How to stream Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik Today 8:30 AM
- Amazon sends customers condoms and soap instead of Nintendo Switch Today 8:28 AM
- How to live stream Jermall Charlo vs. Dennis Hogan Today 8:00 AM
- Apple TV’s ‘Truth Be Told’ is a criminally dull drama Today 6:00 AM
- Thousands of Uber users have reported sexual assaults, company says Friday 5:40 PM
- ‘Astronomy Club’ reformats the sketch show Friday 4:58 PM
- Trump is concerned America’s toilets too weak Friday 3:53 PM
- Twitter users claim Billie Eilish is ‘over’ because she didn’t like Lady Gaga’s meat dress Friday 2:53 PM
- Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag was fine until Dylann Roof ‘hijacked’ it Friday 2:49 PM
- How emotional labor discourse spawned multiple memes Friday 2:22 PM
- Video of YouTuber Onision threatening ex-girlfriend resurfaces Friday 2:03 PM
- Marianne Williamson embraces anti-vax stance on Facebook Friday 1:58 PM
- Peloton Husband is worried memes will have ‘repercussions’ for his career Friday 1:55 PM
Iran’s internet censorship regime has now targeted the world’s most popular mobile game.
The country’s High Council of Virtual Spaces banned Pokémon Go on Friday, citing security concerns with the game.
Pokémon Go has not yet been released in Iran, but residents have downloaded the app by using GPS-spoofing software, such as virtual private networks (VPNs).
Pokémon Go has skyrocketed in popularity since its initial release on July 6 to become the most popular mobile game in history. The augmented-reality game requires players to search the world for Pokémon, small animated monsters, that they then catch.
As Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, general secretary of the High Council of Virtual Spaces, told the state-run Tasnim News Agency: “Because this game combines virtual and real space as well as other issues… this game can, from a security point of view, create problems both for the country and people.”
Iran is one of the most regulated countries in terms of internet freedom. Rights watchdog Freedom House ranks the country as “not free” due to its censorship of social media, political speech, and arrests of bloggers and journalists.
The rise of Pokémon Go has resulted in other government crackdowns on that game. Indonesia has banned police and soldiers from playing the game, and it is expected to ban the game in schools. And New York state has banned sex offenders on parole from downloading or playing the game.
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.