The widely used Snapchat just created a new feature that is causing anxiety for some parents.
"Snap Map" is the app’s attempt to get people to meet their Snapchat friends in real life. It shares your current location on a map.
Some fear that this new feature could make it easier for predators to track young victims, according to KMOV. Young people make up a big portion of Snapchat's demographic. According to Hootsuite, more than 100 Million people use Snapchat, 60% of whom are under 25. 25% of its users have not graduated high school yet. Variety reports that almost a third of the 13-24-year-old Snapchat users they surveyed said they like using Snapchat specifically because their parents do not use it.
There is a way to turn off the map option. Buzzfeed reports that switching one’s Snapchat to ghost mode turns off the tracker. The publication explains how to do it:“When you first open the app after updating, pinch the screen to activate maps. You may be asked at this point to allow location access. After this, you will be taken to a screen offering various visibility settings. If you want to not show up on maps, pick Ghost Mode here. If you have already enabled your location to be visible on maps you can go into Settings, My Location, and turn it off.”
"I use Snapchat all the time," Youtuber Bella Santos told BuzzFeed News. "I have around 800 followers. If Ghost Mode isn't used then anyone can see where I am. As someone who has an open Snapchat, I could have randoms following my location whenever they feel like it."