Snapchat Introduces ‘Snap Map’ Feature

A Snapchat addition that allows people to locate one another on an interactive map has raised some concerns about user privacy.

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On 21 June 2017, Snapchat unveiled a new feature called “Snap Map” which allows people to see where their friends are in real time:

Snap Map lets you share your real-time location, which your friends can view on an interactive map that’s precise enough to show not only which street you’re on, but whereabouts you are on that street too.

Although some were undoubtedly excited about the idea of locating nearby friends via the app, others expressed grave concerns about the new feature’s abilities almost immediately:

SNAPCHAT WARNING 

Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in the update where you can view the exact location of your friends. It can give you the area, town, and street and if you zoom in enough, it shows the house on the street layout. 

Please Share this to make people are aware, snapchat has a lot of young users on, if your children are on please check that they have there location set to Ghost mode, that way no one can see where they are. 

To do this make sure app is the updated version and go to selfie mode on the camera. Then zoom out. It will give you the option of changing to who can see your location.

It is true that Snap Map exists, but it is not as sinister as the warnings might make it sound. It is possible to opt out of the service or never use it at all:

Snap Map also only shares locations with designated “friends” on Snapchat. The settings can also be configured: location-sharing can be turned on for all friends, a select group of friends, or no one at all. Snapchat described these privacy features in a blog post announcing the rollout of the new service:

We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!

It’s easy to get started — just pinch to zoom out and view the Map! You decide if you want to share your location with friends, or simply keep it to yourself with Ghost Mode.

If your friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the Map. Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.

We hope you enjoy the new Map as much as we do!

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Sources

Sulleyman, Aatif.   “Snapchat Launches Snap Map Feature Which Lets You See Exactly Where Other People are in Real-Time.”
    Independent.   23 June 2017.

BBC.   “Snapchat Map Update Raises Child Safety Worries.”
    23 June 2017.

Moloney, Aisling.   “How to Turn on Ghost Mode on Snapchat’s Snap Map.”
    Metro.   23 June 2017.