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

Snapchat Snap Map (KETK photo)
Snapchat Snap Map (KETK photo)

TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Law enforcement in Texas is working to make parents aware of the latest update for the popular social media app, Snapchat.

The most current update includes a new feature called the ‘Snap Map.’ This connects to your phone or tablet’s GPS and automatically shows users who follow you where you are on a map, down to the exact street.

Some snaps can also be seen publicly by users who don’t follow you, depending on your settings.


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.

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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