Poke­mon No, at least for sex of­fend­ers

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

New York took steps on Au­gust 1 to ban sex of­fend­ers from us­ing Poke­mon Go to po­ten­tially prey on child vic­tims.

The game, de­vel­oped by US-based soft­ware com­pany Niantic, a spinoff of Google, has been down­loaded more than 75 mil­lion times across the United States and has gone vi­ral across the world.

But Gov­er­nor An­drew Cuomo or­dered New York’s depart­ment of cor­rec­tions to ban nearly 3000 reg­is­tered of­fend­ers on pa­role from down­load­ing, ac­cess­ing or tak­ing part in Poke­mon Go as well as other In­ter­net-en­abled games.

“Pro­tect­ing New York’s chil­dren is pri­or­ity num­ber one and, as tech­nol­ogy evolves, we must en­sure these ad­vances don’t be­come new av­enues for dan­ger­ous preda­tors to prey on new vic­tims,” Cuomo said in a state­ment.

The gov­er­nor wrote on Au­gust 1 to soft­ware de­vel­oper Niantic, Inc ask­ing them to bar sex­ual preda­tors from play­ing Poke­mon.

“The state has taken ac­tion to pro­hibit sex of­fend­ers from us­ing this game, but we need your as­sis­tance to make cer­tain that sex of­fend­ers will not con­tinue to use Poke­mon GO by tech­no­log­i­cally bar­ring their use,” he said in the let­ter.

A re­port from two New York state sen­a­tors showed that chil­dren play­ing Poke­mon have been un­wit­tingly lured into prox­im­ity of sex of­fend­ers.

Their in­ves­ti­ga­tion caught 57 Poke­mon char­ac­ters di­rectly out­side 100 homes of reg­is­tered sex of­fend­ers on pro­ba­tion or pa­role whose crimes in­volved child abuse or pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy in the city of New York.

There are nearly 3000 sex of­fend­ers cur­rently on pa­role in New York, the fourth-most pop­u­lous state in the United States.

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