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Iran becomes the first country to ban Pokemon Go over 'security concerns'

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Iranians play on the Pokemon Go app in northern Tehran's Mellat Park on August 3, 2016.

According to the BBC,the Iranian High Council of Virtual Spaces - the official body that oversees online activity - has prohibited the use of the GPS-powered app within the country.

The game has also broken multiple records in just a few weeks and sparked a cacophony of bizarre anecdotes from fans around the world eagerly hunting the beloved critters.

Despite strict Internet restrictions, some fans have said that they managed to access the game in Iran using VPNs.

In June, the National Foundation for Computer Games NFCG blocked the sale of '1979 Revolution' - a narrative-driven title from Ink Stories that explores the struggles of the Iranian Revolution.

"We had a communication through email with the developers of Pokemon Go and with the issue that if the game wants to come to the Iranian market it has to pass through the filtering of the National Foundation of Computer Games along with their cooperation, otherwise we have to filter and block this game in our market," Hasan Karimi Ghodosi, the director of the National Foundation for Computer Games told Mehr News Agency in July, run by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization, according to a translation by anti-censorship blog Advox Globalvoices.

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