NATIONWIDE – After social media giant Snapchat integrated an all new map feature that would allow friends and followers to see your current location, it has been reported that 9 people have already been tracked and killed. Local police are currently conducting investigations on each case, but no arrests have been made so far.
Since snapchat added the map feature about a week ago, users have been expressing their distaste for the feature, saying that it was dangerous and a violation of privacy. Although snapchat allows users to turn off their location and remain off the map with “ghost mode”, the problem comes with users not even knowing they were visible to their followers when the map feature first arrived, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to know that millions of users still are not aware that their location is still public as we speak.
According to authorities, about 9 homicide cases have been traced back to snapchat. With the majority of the homicides being that of gang members who were unaware their location was public and tracked down by rival gang members. Experts believe that more users will continue to be targeted, and are werning against the feature. “The map idea isn’t a bad idea in itself, it’s a great way for close friends and family to be aware of your whereabouts, however users should block users they do not know or trust from viewing their location”, says FBI agent Jeff Grant.
If you do not wish your location to be viewed by snapchat users, please turn on “ghost mode”.