‘Pokemon Go’ banned by Indonesia’s presidential palace

  • AP, Jakarta
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2016 15:09 IST
File photo shows a group of Indonesians playing Pokemon Go on the streets in Banda Aceh. Indonesia has ordered police not to play Pokemon Go while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well, officials said on Wednesday, as the armed forces chief warned the smartphone game was a security threat. (AFP)

Indonesian officials have banned the playing of “Pokemon Go” from the presidential palace.

Hastily printed warnings that say “Playing or hunting Pokemon prohibited in the palace area” were put up around the palace complex in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Chief of the palace’s press bureau, Bey Machmuddin, said, “This is the office of the president, not a playground.”

Last week, cabinet secretary Pramono Agung said he had captured a number of Pokemon at the palace. But some officials have voiced worries that the game could be a security risk.

“Pokemon Go”, which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has not been officially released in Indonesia but is already popular there.

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