A new feature in the social media app Snapchat allows users to share their location using their phones’ GPS systems, though many parents seem unaware of it and the potential danger it could pose.
According to the app’s site, Snap Map gives users views of “sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more from all across the world.”
The app’s mapping ability is very precise, pinpointing users’ locations with a second of being activated.
FOX 12 spoke to parents and children about the change, and while most of the kids had activated the new feature in the app, many of the parents were not even aware of Snapchat at all.
Not all of the younger users had enabled Snap Map, though, with some saying it was an invasion of privacy, weird or that they just did not like the new tool.
Users that turn on Snap Map will show up in “ghost mode,” meaning that their locations are only seen by themselves on the map. If a user switches to the public mode, the user’s location becomes traceable to their connections on Snapchat, an option some parents told FOX 12 they found unsettling.
Maris Sulpizio is the mother of two young girls, one of whom is an avid Snapchat user. That is why she said she joined the service.
“You just don’t know all that they’re doing on the app and that’s scary in and of itself,” Sulpizio said. “That’s why I’m part of Snapchat, to see who they follow. But you know, there are shady people out there. You just never know.”
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