We’ve seen plenty of good, bad, and weird things that have come out of the worldwide augmented reality game Pokémon GO, including murder and location-based bans, but nothing on a large scale. That was, of course, until Iran decided to ban the game country-wide.

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Iran’s High Council of Virtual Spaces rendered the decision, vaguely citing security concerns as their reasoning. The BBC offers up a presumptive explanation:

A leading Saudi cleric said a fatwa (religious ruling) issued against an earlier Pokemon card game also applied… more

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