Organizations Warn Parents About Snapchat’s New Feature

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Social media’s main purpose is to bring people together. But Snapchat is taking that goal to near Orwellian levels. The company recently released a new SnapMap feature, which through geolocation allows followers to see where exactly you are whenever the app is on. Parents are rightfully concerned about the implications the feature poses.

Through geolocation, Snap Map lets you see your friends’ Bitmoji icon on a map. If the setting is activated, it’ll do the same for you. You don’t need to be an IT professional to understand the inherent danger of that: since many people have followers they don’t know in real life, this feature opens all users up to the possibility of getting stalked or worse. Snapchat has released guides for parents on how to turn on “Ghost Mode” to keep their kids safe, but of course many are wondering why the app made this a feature in a first place. In fact, dozens of outlets all over the world are issuing out warnings to parents, highlighting the dangers of the feature and telling them not to let their kids use it. Well, at least SnapMap accomplished something: unifying the media.

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Here are some of the many, many outlets that have issued warnings.

Boston Globe

Alabama News

Pauline Media Studies

ABC News

WGN-TV

CNN

USA Today

San Mateo PD

Manchester Evening News

12 News WBNG

WCSH6 Portland

TristateHomepage.com

WTOP

My San Antonio

The Canadian Press

For Every Mom

Mirror

Independent

Good Housekeeping

POPSUGAR Moms

EastTexasMatters.com

KSWO

Baby Center Blog

WCYB

TripWire

ChicagoNow

BBC News

CBS New York

KRISTV

FOX 4 Now

NY1

AZTV 7

Coventry Telegraph

Parents

Future Tech Studio School

News 12 Long Island

WXYZ Detroit

Sioux City Journal

Wicked Local Lincoln

KFVS12

Plymouth Herald

1011 Now

The Week

The Scottish Sun

Daily Record

Birmingham Mail

Wales Online

CBC News

TECH2

The Star

NewsLetter

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