Snapchat Releases Location-Sharing Feature

Snapchat has introduced Snap Map which allows people to see exactly where their

Snapchat has introduced Snap Map which allows people to see exactly where their"friends are Snapchatting from

Snap Map lets Snapchat users view Snaps and Stories shared on the app's Our Story feature; view their friend's activity; or share locations with their friends.

"What you put on there people can find you", Reireson said, "and that's how a lot of kids get kidnapped and stuff and you just don't want that to happen".

"All the people I have set up that can see my location are people that I snap all the time, so I know it's them", Rogers said. Reps also say it's impossible to share your location with someone who isn't your friend. "It's very creepy and disturbing because she showed me how to do it and I can see where a bunch of my Snapchat friends are on there".

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"I'll still use it", said Elena Simon. The map also includes public snaps of what's happening at users' favorite venues. Recently, they have announced the introduction of a location sharing feature called Snap Map. To access Snap Map simply go to the camera and then use a pinch gesture.

"Now as parents there is a plus side, if your son or daughter has a smart phone and you can use the location services to keep track of your children".

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Just by zooming in, you're able to see the street name or building your friend is at.

Although it may be appealing at first glance, make sure your privacy isn't at risk before you use it.

If they choose to be visible, they'll appear as an "Actionmoji" on their friends' maps. "I'd recommend talking to your children about the concerns with sharing their location with strangers", State Police spokesperson Dustin Fitch wrote. If you click on your icon and go to settings, turning on "ghost mode" and disable the feature.

He notes parents should encourage their children to be choosy with the friends they share their location, and to ensure they are friends they know in real life and not cyber friends.

"It's worrying that Snapchat is allowing under-18s to broadcast their location on the app where it can potentially be accessed by everyone in their contact lists", United Kingdom organisation the National Society for the Protection of Children said at the weekend.

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