You can now send your location to a friend directly through Facebookâ€™s Messenger app, the company announced Thursday. You can also send a different location, say, a prospective meeting point.
Head of Product for Messenger Stan Chudnovsky said in a blog post that Facebook has been working on the feature over the last few months.
â€œTo get started, just tap the More icon or the location pin at the bottom of your screen,â€ Chudnovsky wrote. â€œIf you want to tell a friend which restaurant to meet you at, search for the restaurant and send a map of where it is. If youâ€™re running late, send a map of where you are to your friend to let him or her know how far away you are.â€
Facebookâ€™s blog post says usersâ€™ location data isnâ€™t compromised with the new feature:
As always, Messenger doesnâ€™t get any location information from your device unless you enable location services for the app.
Messenger does not get location information from your device in the backgroundâ€”only each time you select a location and tap Send when you use the Messenger app. We are not requesting any new permissions for your information.
WhatsApp, a messaging app Facebook acquired last year in a $22 billion deal, has long had a similar location-sharing feature.