Snapchat’s new ‘Snap Map’ feature has law enforcement worried

Snapchat’s new ‘Snap Map’ feature has law enforcement worried

A recent update to the popular social media app, Snapchat, has people worried about their privacy and safety — police are warning people to use the feature with caution.

Th most current update includes a new feature called the “Snap Map.” This connects to your phone or tablet’s GPS and automatically (unless “ghost mode” is activated) shows users who follow you where you are on a map, down to the exact street.

Many people have raised privacy and safety concerns about the new feature — particularly for teenagers, as the app allows people — potential strangers — to possibly track and stalk others.

“There are predators out there that can abuse this information. Whether it be a screenshot or trying to build an anonymous relationship with your student or teen,” Lt. Clay Hammac with Shelby County Sheriff Office told television station ABC 33.

Authorities want users to be careful when choosing what to share on social media and are also asking users to limit their snaps only to people they personally know.


1) Pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map.

2) When you do it for the first time, it should ask you if you want to activate “ghost mode.”

3) If it doesn’t, tap the icon in the top right corner, where you will be able to check a box to enable “ghost mode.”

Snapchat is the most popular social media platform among high school and college students, and 78 percent use the image and text messenger app daily, according to an online survey conducted by Success Communications Group in April.