Snap has announced that it’s briefly turning off Snapchat’s “heatmap” feature for Ukraine, making it so the app not exhibits what number of snaps are being taken particularly places. The corporate says that the transfer is “a security precaution” and that there’ll nonetheless be a curated public feed of snaps submitted by Ukrainians.
Usually, the Snap Map shows a colour code to point out how many individuals are posting public photos in an space. In apply, which means you will get a good suggestion of the place Snapchat customers are concentrated. Whereas this publicly out there information isn’t often significant (it’s not a shock that extra individuals are posting from downtown Seattle than the close by nationwide forest), in a wartime scenario the place Russia might wish to observe evacuations or citizen actions, it’s most likely for one of the best that the characteristic is turned off.
Different corporations have taken comparable actions to make Ukrainians’ actions more durable to trace — Google turned off live traffic information in Ukraine, as did Apple. Snap has additionally taken just a few further actions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In accordance with a news post from the company, it’s stopped exhibiting adverts in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, and gained’t promote advert spots to Russian entities.