But the tracking feature has already raised concerns over safety and privacy
Instant messaging service WhatsApp has revealed a location-sharing service that allow users to track each other in real-time.
While the Facebook-owned app has previously allowed people to share their loaction with other WhatsApp users, it was a one-off static shared location; the new feature is more of a tracker.
Working on Android and iOS version of the app, users can share their real-time location with individuals and groups of fellow users.
“Whether you’re meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you’re safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are,” WhatsApp said.
Naturally, the idea of any form of direct and real-time tracking raises concerns over privacy and the potential for enabling stalkers or for companies to track their employees in and outside of working hours, effectively paving the way for a Big Brother society.