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Pokémon Go Goes Where It Shouldn't

Digital creatures from the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go, which overlays images onto the real world when you look at them through your mobile device, have been found at somber sites including the former concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. The game is currently available for download only in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, but those who download it in those countries and travel to Europe can find the augmented-reality characters there. The person who found Pokémon Go at Auschwitz, for instance, was an American on vacation.

Representatives from the memorials listed above and other sites are working to get themselves excluded from the game, which they say is inappropriate and trivializing—to say the least—in those contexts.