Global Scan

Could social media photos be costing the lives of African rhinos

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Poachers are using geo-location data from smartphone photos to track down endangered animals.

Sometimes we think about our own privacy when we post pictures to social media. Could that Tweet be an alert to robbers or that photo reveal something just a bit too revealing.

But most of us aren't thinking about the implications of our photos of nature. And that could be a problem. The last remaining wild rhinos in Africa have a new threat to deal with: social media and geo-tagged photos.

Poachers are using the geo data in social posts, and even in the photos we upload themselves, to track much sought after rhinos and other endangered species. Quartz has the story.

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