So today I went to the neighboring town for some needs there I saw a pokestop and another gym which had blank photo discs

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These pokestop and gym are new, these weren't there a month before , and I didn't nominate it.

What makes it happen so? I have created 2 stops and a gym in my town, all containing proper photo disc !

  • This is common if the game didn't download the image yet (e.g. because the internet connection is somewhat bad over there).
    – Sumurai8
    Commented May 9, 2021 at 9:05
  • @Sumurai , even after an hour or two, it remains same, I don't think it's network problem Commented May 9, 2021 at 10:42

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On May 5 2021, Niantic did a batch import of new waypoints from some third-party database. This import was not done correctly, and included a large number of waypoints that did not meet quality standards, which among other things included many not having a photo attached.

You can read more information about this here.

  • thanks this solved my doubt Commented May 9, 2021 at 18:46
  • Can I add a photo to the pokestop and gym? I doubt because they are third party assets . Commented May 10, 2021 at 5:47
  • @SubhaJeetSikdar Typically waypoints added from third-party databases allow for adding photos and editing the title/description unless they're part of a sponsor deal, which these are presumably not. So you should be able to add a photo.
    – Sellyme
    Commented May 11, 2021 at 6:34
  • Thank you so much Commented May 12, 2021 at 2:30

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