Just when you thought the Internet’s obsession with Pokémon Go couldn’t get any worse, the Auschwitz Memorial has been forced to ban visitors from playing the smartphone game during visits to the former German death camp.
In a tweet sent Tuesday, the memorial noted that visitors are not allowed to catch Pokémon on the grounds of Auschwitz because it’s “disrespectful on many levels.”
So apparently you can indeed catch Pokemon at Auschwitz… #PokemonGO @TheIxxer pic.twitter长沙桑拿/j20azfGnVA
— Alex Cowan (@Desareon) July 12, 2016
Several users have reported finding Pokémon while on the premises of the former death camp.
In an interview with the New York Times, a spokesman for the Auschwitz Memorial said the memorial has contacted the maker of the virtual reality game – Niantic Inc. – to ask that Auschwitz be removed from the game altogether.
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Sadly, this isn’t the only inappropriate place people have been catching the digital creatures.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery both made pleas for users to stop playing the game on their premises this week.
We welcome & encourage visitors to use technology to engage w/our exhibitions & programs while being respectful of our role as a memorial.
— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) July 12, 2016
“We do not consider playing ‘Pokémon Go’ to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC,” the military cemetery posted on 桑拿会所.
Pokémon Go players flocking to the 9/11 memorial in New York City have also caused outrage on social media.
so I downloaded the new #Pokemon app and immediately discovered Poke balls at the 9/11 memorial next door to my apt? pic.twitter长沙桑拿/2HekRLa3Sw
— Brett _________ (@BrettRedacted) July 7, 2016
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Thank you, Guttenberg 9/11 memorial for the 10x Pokeballs. #pokemongo #pokemon #neverforget
Niantic Inc. nor Nintendo have yet to respond to repeated calls for memorial sites to be removed from the app.
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