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Auschwitz bans visitors from playing Pokémon Go

Posted by on 21/11/2018

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.”

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 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.

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Thank you, Guttenberg 9/11 memorial for the 10x Pokeballs. #pokemongo #pokemon #neverforget

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Niantic Inc. nor Nintendo have yet to respond to repeated calls for memorial sites to be removed from the app.

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