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Police warn of danger of new Snapchat feature which allows users to ‘stalk’ people

PUBLISHED: 19:15 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:14 08 July 2017

Concerns have been raised over Snapchat's new Snap Map feature. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Concerns have been raised over Snapchat's new Snap Map feature. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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Police have issued a warning about a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat, a mobile phone app popular with children.

Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their “friends” list in real time and in a statement on Facebook, South Norfolk Police said it could pose a great danger to both children and adults.

The statement said: “It has been brought to our attention that Snapchat have introduced a new feature called Snap Maps. Snap Maps can allow you to ‘stalk’ people in real time and enables you to see what a friend is doing, along with where they are.

“Therefore this poses a great danger to children and adults alike.

“The only way to use this and prevent this from happening is to put Snapchat into ghost mode so that you are not visible.”

If users select ghost mode in their settings it means their location will remain hidden.

The warning comes after some schools in the country issued letters to parents stating the new feature posed safeguarding concerns.

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