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Snap MAP and Friend Stalker, next level social media geospatial surveillance

Snap Chat, the wildly famous mobile social media platform where users can ‘snap’ photos and send them to friends in real time, is now introducing Snap Map/Friend Stalker—a new addition that tracks snap chat users wherever they go…

One article from josiehindleblog.wordpress.com, 

“Snapchat’s newest update has taken out personal choice and privacy, by enabling the new ‘Snap Map’ feature; a highly Orwellian notion. For years, we have been aware that the government observes our online activity, monetary transactions and general whereabouts, but now the privacy and security for users of the app is jeopardized by the immediate knowledge of their location.”


From BBC.com:

“One parent described the update as “dangerous” while another said she could not find the setting to disable it.

People have expressed concern online that the app could be used for stalking or working out exactly where somebody lives.

“If you zoom right in on this new Snapchat map thing it literally tells you where everyone lives? Like exact addresses – bit creepy no?” wrote one user called Leanne.

“This new Snapchat update is awful. An invitation for stalkers, kidnappers, burglars and relationship trust issues,” suggested Jade.

Snap told the BBC that accurate location information was necessary to allow friends to use the service to meet, for example at a restaurant or crowded festival, and said points of interest on the map, such as schools, were provided by third-party mapping service Mapbox.”



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