Snapchat has announced a new security feature that will allow users to share their real-time location for 15 minutes or a few hours with friends.
“Since 2017, we’ve given Snapchatters the ability to choose whether to share their location with their friends on the Snap Map when using Snapchat, and today over 250 million Snapchatters now use the Map to connect with their friends. every month,” Snapchat said. in a press release.
Snapchat users will now be able to share their location instantly, and only with individual friends. It should be noted that there is no option to send real-time location details to all Snapchat friends at once.
The company said it’s mandatory for both parties to accept each other as friends on Snapchat before they can start using the feature. When using the feature for the first time, a pop-up window will appear reminding them that this tool is intended for use with close friends and family only.
Additionally, a seamless design with reminders in profiles and chat will ensure that users are always clear about who can see their location. According to Snapchat, the limited time sharing and pausing without notification “will minimize the risk of harassment or undue pressure for consistent sharing.”
Meanwhile, location sharing has always been and will continue to be disabled by default, which means Snapchat users still need to sign up to share their location with their Snapchat friends. “Location sharing is for friends only, Snapchatters don’t have the ability to share their location with the whole community. Snapchatters always have full control over who they share their location with – for example, they can choose to share with only a small handful of close friends,” the company added.
In other news, Snapchat noted that it is taking steps to stem the growing problem of the drug menace on its platform. These measures are aimed at stemming the “fentanyl epidemic”, which has become a serious problem in the United States. And messaging apps like Snapchat are an easy way for dealers to connect with teens selling these illicit drugs.