Snapchat’sfeatures snapchat stories, location filters, and geolocation to provide end-userswith the ability to have their physical location shared with others in realtime which could also lead to some disruptive acts. Snapchat stories arepictures or videos posted to your public profile that can last from one secondto an infinity, previously was only ten seconds. The stories stay posted toyour public profile for twenty-four hours before they disappear. The user whoposted the story can see which of their friends has seen their story but areunable to see the amount of times one views the story.A newlyadded feature to Snapchat is the Snap Map.
The Snap Map allows users to accessand observe their friends’ real-time location on a map of the world. An avatar iscreated to resemble the appearance features, as close as possible and occasionallyupdated based on the persons movement. The feature tells whether the person isstaying in the same location, on the move from one place to another, or even onthe road, based on where the avatar stands on the map.Furthermore,the moral agents in my topic are the users of Snapchat and the company.
Theprivacy of a user is at stake as it can potentially become a stalking tool. Foran app which gives out your location, it won’t be safe for use of teenagepeople or children as a lot of trouble can be cause, in terms of harassment,getting stalk, etc. The users who have enabled the feature called Snap map are thestakeholders as they can regularly update their locations in any part of the world,if they have access to Snapchat.
Moreover,first possible course of action is that, the privacy setting needs to be madestricter so that not everyone has access to the location. Their should be afeature where you have access to whom you want your location shared. This way, theirwon’t be any issue regarding users safety. Second possible course of action isthat, location toggle button to be introduced so every time you want the locationshared, the toggle needs to be on and should have time limit. This way if theuser forgets to turn off sharing the location, it turns off as the time ends.
Thiswill prevent any stalking or harassment towards the users. In addition, the locationis not enabled, unless it gets turned off.The concreteaction which I would recommend is setting the privacy more stricker for snap map.Feature where you can easily track a person’s location and activities live indaily bases, like I said before should have strong privacy mode for safety purpose.In fact, not only stalking / tracking, but the feature can be dangerous formany more various reasons.
You can also get in trouble for being in such areaor attending something which you were not supposed to, (family/friends). Especiallyfor people you’re sharing your location with who can pose a risk or threat andyou’re broadcasting your location every time, this poses serious risks forpeople who don’t understand the feature. For all these various reason, having high protection behind this featurecan prevent many problems.