Snapchat Reveals Your Location--Thoughts?

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  1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
    Jeremy Gillposted 2 years ago

    I don't actually have a Snapchat, but my friends and I have lately been discussing the emergence of the "Snapmap," which basically allows friends who have added each other to literally see exactly where the other is through GPS.

    I find this unsafe, and thankfully there's an option to turn it off, but my friends claim the default setting is on; many users will unknowingly reveal their locations at all times. Kinda creepy, eh?

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
      Jeremy Gillposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Haha, maybe my fellow Hubbers aren't as interested in this as myself. I still find the Snapmap risky, but we'll see what the future holds for such technology.

  2. psycheskinner profile image86
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    To use Snap Map you have to turn it on.  So it is a risk people choose to take if they want to.

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
      Jeremy Gillposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hmm.. I heard an update set it as on by default, but the person who told me so could be mistaken.

      And even if it has to manually activated, young (or unaware) users may unknowingly be placing themselves in harm's way. To each their own, but I'd never advocate its use.

      1. psycheskinner profile image86
        psycheskinnerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Dozens of social networks did it before this one.

        1. Jeremy Gill profile image94
          Jeremy Gillposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          You're right, others have done this (Apple's Find my Friends, Facebook's Live Location, etc.) begging the question as to why people panic over this one. After doing some digging, I'd say it's because the app automatically activates it after an update.

          To be fair, users are given a walkthrough and a chance to activate "Ghost Mode," somewhat mitigating the issue. Nonetheless, even with a tutorial, I'd advise caution for SnapMap and other forms of location sharing.


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