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Latest Snapchat update reveals user location down to street level

January 22 2018, 08:34 | Alonzo Simpson

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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Users are able to opt out of the Snap Map by setting their app to "Ghost Mode".

In a statement posted on its blog, child safety group Childnet International said: "Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat - giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map - we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don't know in person".

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.

One girl has the update and is already using Ghost Mode.

While there are positive aspects of location sharing, parents rightly feel uneasy with the possibility their child is unwittingly letting the wrong person access their location through Snapchat, according to Larry Magid, CEO of ConnectSafely.org, which created a parents guide to Snapchat, and guides to other social media.

But a Snapchat spokesperson told The Sun Online: "The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works".

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.

"They do have heat maps so you can see where the hot spots are", Francis said.

"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".

Location sharing is turned off when the app is first updated.

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