The Privacy Concern Surrounding Snapchat’s Latest Feature
Here’s how to protect yourself.
Snapchat's newest feature, called Snap Map, allows you to see where all of your friends are by looking at a world map and finding their icon.
Some users wonder about the latest version's privacy implications. Critics have taken to social media to express concern that the app could be used to stalk or harm others based on sensitive location information.
Though the new feature has raised a lot of eyebrows, it can be regulated. Once you update the app, open the camera and pinch your fingers on the screen to see the Snap Map home screen. You can then select which users can see your location: all of your friends, a select group of friends, or “ghost mode”—where only you can see your image on the map. So if you are worried about your (or your child’s) privacy, just double-check these settings.
The less controversial aspect of the update is the ability to get a glimpse into events and celebrations around the world. In earlier updates of the app, you could only see stories from special events in your area. Now you can tap anywhere on the map that interests you and pick from an option of stories to view. “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!,” Snapchat wrote in a statement on their website.
If you’re still a bit skeptical, check out Snapchat’s Snap Map page where you can read all about ins and outs of the new feature and how to maintain your privacy.