Google has been forced to apologise after a German newspaper reported that the search giant had incorporated several notorious concentration camps in its augmented reality app Ingress.
Players use their smartphones to submit historic locations for use as in-game locations but it was the inclusion of Auschwitz, Dachau and Sachsenhausen which raised eyebrows.
At first Google cited the ‘significant historical value’ of the death camps as justifying its approval of their inclusion the firm also apologised for any offence caused.
John Hanke, head of Google’s Niantic Labs, said: “After we were made aware that a number of historical markers on the grounds of former concentration camps in Germany had been added, we determined that they did not meet the spirit of our guidelines and began the process of removing them in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
“We apologize that this happened."