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