Lawmakers: Get Pokémon Go out of Holocaust Museum

Lawmakers: Get Pokémon Go out of Holocaust Museum
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Three members of Congress on Wednesday sent a bipartisan letter to Niantic, the company behind the Pokémon Go app, urging it to disable the a popular mobile game inside the Holocaust Museum.

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The request comes a day after the museum officials said they were uncomfortable with the app using the museum as part of the game.

The app has turned the museum into a PokéStop by using the real-world location in the game as a place where players can gather the items they need to catch Pokémon. 

The Holocaust Museum is one of many historical landmarks that have a PokéStop, which it says further encourages users to play the mobile game near the exhibits.

“The Holocaust Memorial Museum is a living memorial and it is extremely inappropriate and disrespectful to use the museum as a landmark for Pokemon Go,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said in an official statement. 

“We are calling on the developers to remove these PokeStop so that the museum can continue its mission of educating the public and honoring Holocaust victims without distraction,” he added.

The letter from Israel and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) argues that Pokémon Go players are "distracting from the museum’s lessons."

"We do not believe the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is an appropriate site to be encouraging people to play Pokémon Go," the letter stated.  

"We should be encouraging visitors to visit the museum to spread the message of preventing future atrocities and genocide, not distracting from the museum’s lessons in order to win a game," it added.

Pokémon Go launched on July 6 and has already been downloaded 7.2 million times; it is producing approximately $1.6 million in daily revenue.