Egyptian officials are calling to ban the augmented reality game Pokemon Go as a major threat to national security. The Deputy head of the communication committee, Ahmed Badawi, urged Egyptian officials to ban the game because it could expose the country’s vital security sites to the world. He proposed installing special equipment to jam mobile phones and wi-fi in the area so that players could not stream photos of videos of national security sites as they are searching for Pokemon characters. Hamdi Bakheet, a member of Egypt’s committee of defence and national security, told parliament: “Pokemon Go is the latest tool used by spy agencies in the intel war, a cunning despicable app that tries to infiltrate our communities in the most innocent way under the pretext of entertainment. But all they really want is to spy on people and the state.” Last week, the deputy chair of Al-Azhar in Egypt, Abbas Shuman, said that Muslim youth shouldn’t play Pokemon Go because it is an addiction similar to “alcohol substance abuse.” He later backtracked, posting a message on his Facebook page that he did not forbid playing the game as had been reported, but just warned that is addictive.
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