The recent Snapchat update that shares users’ location and activity has many people worried.
Who told Snapchat that this was a great idea? I can imagine a person running into a meeting yelling “Hey, how about we automatically sharing users’ locations to the whole wide world?” and others replying “Great idea! We’ll even make it trendy with a cool map!”
My fellow Snapchat users, I don’t think I’m the only one that went into ghost mode the second I realized that my location, down to the exact house I live in, was being shared. And no, Snapchat, including access to ghost mode with this unneeded update doesn’t make things any better.
This update should not have been implemented in the first place.
When I saw the new Snapchat update: pic.twitter.com/6b4AJ1qdtl
— Lalissie (@JustLalissie) June 23, 2017
Personally, I don’t like to share my location very often, little to none if I’m honest. I might use a Snapchat filter stating my location once in a while, but overall my family and close friends are the only ones who should know where I am. Like anyone else, of course, this is for my own personal safety.
With stalkers and criminals eager to use others’ information to their benefit, I’d rather do what I can to keep myself from becoming their next target.
Snapchat’s location filters differ from their new “Snap Map”. What probably makes people appreciate this update is the ability to see all the hotspots; something which Snapchat was very eager to show in their “Snap Map” introduction video. However, with this map, you can easily watch someone’s every move from the comfort of your home. Creepy, isn’t it?
And recently, it’s been reported that people have noticed “Actionmojis,” which are the Bitmoji-versions of us on Snap Map mimicking our actions at the same exact time we’re doing them. If you’re sleeping, Actionmoji-you knows and is sleeping along with you. If you’re listening to music with your headphones on, Actionmoji-you is too. You can be in the air, on the ground, and, heck, maybe even underwater.
No matter where you are and what you are doing, Snapchat has it on record and is willing to make it public without your consent.
When I updated, there was no notification that popped up and double-checked to see if I was okay with my location being shared. Thankfully, I had the sense to immediately check the map and go into ghost mode.
Also, Snapchat doesn’t let you know if someone has clicked on your Bitmoji. Sure, I get it. Who wants hundreds of notifications saying “Blah_Blah07 clicked on your Bitmoji” all the time? Not many. Yet, it isn’t difficult to change your notification settings according to your preference.
People should be asking for it, heck, I should: Hey Snap! Let me know who’s trying to find me!
It’s scary how Snapchat gave stalkers an early Christmas gift this year. Every day this world is getting more and more dangerous, and technology shouldn’t be helping that along. Hopefully, someone at the next meeting at Snap Inc. will knock some sense into everyone else.
This update is worse than the time they tried making us pay for filters.