The Advantages And Disadvantages Associated With Snapchat Geofilters

Something is not quite right about the new Snapchat upgrade. In order to use filters on your images, you now need to deliver your place information.

In the newest release of the Snapchat program for both iOS and Android, these messages will seem you attempt to turn filters to “On” while Place Services are off.

If you attempt to use a filter by swiping correct on the Snapshot you have merely chosen, nothing will occur. You either let Snapchat permission to access your place, or you do not get to use any of their filters. This sneaky permission comes directly from the My Weather Channel filter, which adds your local temperature to your Snapshot. Nevertheless, none of the other filters are reachable without turning the location service on.

This is an all or nothing attitude that Snapchat hasn’t executed before. In the past, users could choose to have “Smart Filters” or “Visual Filters”. Smart Filters comprised the temperature app, which obviously demands the ability to understand where you are, whereas Visual Filters did not.

This new upgrade is apparently going against the very concept of anonymity that Snapchat was built on. The new upgrade forces place data to be shared for best user experience, created a very simple to screenshot messaging display, and no longer allows the user to clear their feed automatically. If you want to know what experts say about How to get filters on Snapchat, go to this website. Hopefully, Snapchat is using location services just for the filters, rather than intending to turn a profit on their users information.

We reached out to Snapchat for opinion, and will update this story if and when we get a answer.

Joshua Bush

Joshua is an assistant editor of The Pen. He as well works with a number of charities such as the Compassion International.