Disturbing the peace at the Holocaust museum, walking off cliffs, sneaking into zoo exhibits — these are just some of the many stupid things people are willing to do to catch virtual Pokemon creatures.
It’s become such an issue across the country, in fact, that government intervention might be the next step in this PokeSaga. One New York assemblyman is absolutely fed up with Pokemon Go and is ready to curb its use by passing legislation to ban certain game features.
Felix Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat, explained why he believes the game has inherent safety risks.
“Like any new technology, it has its advantages and disadvantages, and like any new technology, it has to be looked at very, very carefully. Everything comes down to people’s responsibility as well as corporate responsibility,” Ortiz said Tuesday. “Every single one of us who might want to play this game have to be very cautious. Who’s sending what, and what is the follow up? Everyone should be cautious to make sure that no intruders will be able to tap into this and have people think they’re going to the park when in reality they’re going to a be targeted by some rapist. People could think they’re going to the bank, but in reality, someone is waiting to take their money.”
Senator Al Franken, the SNL star turned Democrat posterchild, is also looking into Pokemon Go to find out just how much information they are collecting from users:
The Democratic senator has written to the CEO of Niantic, the company that created Pokemon Go, concerned that the wildly popular game app is collecting a “broad swath of personal information” from users.
“From a user’s general profile information to their precise location data and device identifiers, Niantic has access to a significant amount of information, unless users — many of whom are children — opt-out of this collection,” he wrote.
Franken acknowledged that the collection of user data is crucial to how the app works. “But we must ensure that Americans’ — especially children’s — very sensitive information is protected,” he added.
I get it. People are upset. There is clearly an issue here. But is government intervention the right move? I mean, isn’t it my God-given American right to chase Pokemon around the neighborhood without the fear of Uncle Sam laying down the law?
Pokemon Go has unfortunately infested this year’s already absurd presidential race. Below are two examples of old people trying ever so desperately to appeal themselves to young voters. Be aware: If you don’t like to cringe, these videos are not for you.
CROOKED HILLARY NO!
Posted by Donald J. Trump on Thursday, July 14, 2016
It’s a shame that a game that could be so fun has already become so completely and totally unbearable. Maybe we need the government to take this away from us. We, as a society, are clearly not capable of handling fads in a mature and responsible way.
So, I guess I’m standing with Assemblyman Ortiz and Senator Franken. And, channeling my inner-Hillary Clinton pandering abilities, I say Pokemon Gotta GO!.
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