ALERT: Police Issue Warning About New Snapchat Feature

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Snapchat‘s latest update includes a feature called “Snap Map” which connects to your GPS and automatically (unless activated ghost mode) shows where you are on a map to anyone who follows you – down to your exact location on your street.

Some snaps can also possibly be seen publicly depending on your settings.

Law enforcement officials recommend turning on “Ghost Mode” to avoid showing your location. To do this, pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map. When you do it for the first time it should ask you if you want to activate ghost mode. If it doesn’t, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.

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“We caution everyone to be careful about what they are sharing, and limit your snaps to only people you know personally,” the Collin County, TX. Sheriff said. “Be safe and be smart about how you use social media.”