For weeks, Pokémon Go players around the world have flocked to places of worship, graveyards, and even memorial sites in their quest to "catch 'em all." Now, some of those unwilling Pokéstops have had enough. The Associated Press reports that Niantic, the company responsible for the hit augmented reality game, has removed both the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. from its app.
Hiroshima city officials requested that the site be removed from the game in the days leading up to an annual ceremony in remembrance of the 140,000 people killed in the atomic bombing of 1945. The Pokéstops and gym were removed, but AP reports that wild Pokémon were still appearing on the game map. Another message to Niantic resolved the problem a mere six hours before the event.
According to TechnoBuffalo, you don't have to be a major memorial site to submit a request to be removed from the app. A basic form on the Niantic site has entry fields for an email address and the reason a removal is requested, and also allows users to submit attachments to the form, such as in-game screenshots of the Pokéstops.
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