Snapchat Releases Location-Sharing Feature

Here's how to turn off Snapchat's new location-sharing feature

Snapchat made headlines earlier this week with the introduction of "Snap Map," a new feature that allows users to see their friends' location on a map.

If it doesn't, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.

While the new feature may make it easier than ever to find and communicate with friends and check in on what people are up to around the world, some internet safety experts worry it may be another headache for parents.

The feature "connects with Global Positioning System and automatically (unless activated ghost mode) shows where you are on a map to anyone who is on your friends list and posts can possibly seen publically depending on your settings!"

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Francis said parents should ask their kids to teach them how to use it.

She said people need to be careful, but the new feature benefits her as a parent because she can keep better track of her son when he leaves the house. But if not, you'll see a screen detailing nearby friends, friends traveling, and other locations depending on your network, such as previous places you have lived or traveled to frequently.

FOX40 talked to a few Snapchat users and a parent of a user who all agree - it's creepy.

"Snapchat is used by so many young people in Ireland who may be "friends" with people they don't actually know in reality and who in most cases, have not set their accounts to private or hidden from public". The feature gives users an option who they want to share their location with, if at all, and change the setting to a private mode called "Ghost Mode" at any time. "It's also not possible to share your location with someone who isn't already your friend on Snapchat".

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