Israel forbids Pokemon Go in embassies, army bases on security threat

The Israeli military has forbidden soldiers from playing the mobile phone game Pokemon Go at military bases, a spokesman said Thursday.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has also instructed diplomats and staff not to play the game in its embassies.

Pokemon Go is a virtual reality game that has gone viral since it was launched in early July, drawing criticism as players wander into unsafe areas in order to complete objectives in the game.

Users use their smart phone cameras to find virtual characters as if they are hidden in the real world by the makers of the game.

The Israeli military banned the game "out of concern that sensitive military information will be leaked, such as images from or the locations of bases," an army statement said.

The application's use of smart phone cameras while playing the game is what makes it risky, the statement said.

"Because of security aspects, we have to be careful," Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon added.

Last update: Thu, 14/07/2016 - 17:05

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