Alabaster police warn parents about new location-based Snapchat feature

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Friday morning, Alabaster Police posted a warning to parents about a new location-based feature on Snapchat.

“Snapchat recently released a new update that includes a location sharing feature called Snap Map,” the department wrote on their Facebook page. “Snap Map allows users to share their location in real time. We tested the feature and the location was very accurate. This is obviously a safety concern. We suggest parents check their child’s phone to ensure that the location services is disabled or that the app is set to ‘ghost mode.'”

The department posted screenshots of their trial of the app’s new feature:

A Snapchat spokesperson reached out to CBS 42, telling us:
““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. With Snap Map, location-sharing is off by default for all users and is completely optional. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time. It’s also not possible to share your location with someone who isn’t already your friend on Snapchat, and the majority of interactions on Snapchat take place between close friends.”

Snap encourages snapchatters, parents and educators to check out their Parents Guide and their Safety Center.

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