Snapchat Rolls Out New Location Feature, Aimed At Improving Privacy

Snapchat has been facing criticism over privacy as many users have slammed it for lacking better privacy controls for location sharing. Snapchat has taken it seriously and included a new update on the App which allows you to request your friend’s location and also send your real-time always updating location to them. All of this shows up in the Snap Map and in message threads.

Now when you long-press on a friend’s name or hit the three-line hamburger button on a chat thread, you’ll get the option to Send Location or Request location. It only works with bi-directional friends, so you can’t ask for the spot of your favorite Snap star if they don’t follow you back, and you can turn off getting requests in your settings if people are spamming you.

Reports claim that this update will be gradually available to all the iOS and Android users in the coming weeks.