One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Gizmodo published an article titled Poachers Can Use Your Geotagged Safari Photos To Hunt Down Rhinos.
Oof, here’s one unexpected negative effect of ubiquitous smartphones—a sign asking people to turn off geotagging when they take pictures of endangered rhinos so that poachers can’t figure out where they are.
The photo started making its way across the internet after it was posted by Eleni de Wet, who owns a branding and marketing company in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sure, that means there might be some kind of marketing spin on the photo, but it’s also indicative of a larger problem: poachers are using technology to help them find and kill endangered species. So that Instagram photo you snapped on a tourist safari? It might be helping poachers actually hunt those animals.