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A few portals in my area have disappeared. I've reset the app, and checked on my husbands game. They are definitely gone. Why?

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Portals can be removed by Niantic if they are reported by some players. Some possible causes:

  • It doesn't exist
  • It doesn't meet the criteria, which can be read more on this page
  • It is dangerous, inaccessible or on private property
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    Niantic, also known as Google Corporation? checks sources Indeed, the "startup" inside the megacorp.
    – user91518
    Nov 5, 2014 at 18:38
  • So, what if it doesn't meet any of those criteria and is consistent with other portals in the area. Is there a contesting process? Jul 29, 2016 at 19:43
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The have probably been reported as invalid portals by other agents. These reports must have been made between a few weeks and a few months ago because it usually takes so long for an invalid portal report to be accepted.

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