The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery requested Tuesday that smartphone users refrain from “catching” Pokemon when they visit.
Like many other landmarks, the museum and the military cemetery are featured in the popular new game -Pokemon Go.
The museum is a Pokestop — a place where players can get free in-game items— and online users say the cemetery also contains Pokestops. Players can also stumble upon Pokemon while wandering their grounds
A tweet sent out by the Aushwitz Memorial in Poland also conveyed their displeasure at the news and appealed to Nintendo for corrective measures.
@NianticLabs Do not allow playing 'Pokémon Go' on the site of our Memorial and similar places. It's disrespectful to the memory of victims!— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) July 12, 2016
Museum officials are trying to have it removed from the game, communications director Andrew Hollinger said in a statement. He asserted that playing the game inside a memorial to victims of Nazism is “extremely inappropriate.”
At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, spokesman Stephen Smith said the move was pre-emptive rather than to address a problem they’re already seeing.
“Playing games such as ‘Pokemon Go’ on these hallowed grounds would not be deemed appropriate,” cemetery officials said in a statement.
He said the cemetery’s layout makes it difficult to know whether an individual visitor is playing the game on his phone or using the cemetery’s own app to navigate landmarks in a respectful manner.
Game developers Niantic Labs did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s question of whether it could stop Pokemon from popping up inside the museum.