Messenger and Instagram messages are currently down in EU Data Rules.
Facebook’s Messenger and Instagram are currently unavailable in the EU to comply with Europe’s new rules on users’ data usage strictly. These new rules have been rolled out across EU countries.
Facebook’s Messenger and Instagram Features Unavailability
The affected users will receive notifications and alerts from the platform informing them that some features won’t be accessible. This is to “respect new rules for messaging services in Europe.”
According to the initial reports by The Verge, the alerts that were sent by the Tech Giant don’t really specify the disabled features. However, based on the users, some features missing would be the personalized replies in Messenger and stickers on Instagram.
Here is the notification sent to the users:
This feature may be unavailable if you’re located in Europe or messaging an account based in Europe to respect new messaging service rules. We’re working to bring it back.
They say the temporary changes are Facebook’s prerogative compliance with the national implementations of the 2002 Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (ePrivacy Directive). This means that Europe has recently imposed a stricter rule on data use in communications services in the country.
As for Facebook’s comment, they have kept their voices shut as of the moment. But will eventually announce something very soon to The Verge.
Facebook To Avoid EU Privacy Laws
Social networking firm Facebook said it would switch all its UK customers to US agreements. The social media giant will take itself out of the scope of European privacy regulations that might theoretically charge the organization billions of dollars.
In order to react to Brexit, Facebook has had to make adjustments and would move legal responsibilities and obligations for UK users from Facebook Ireland to Facebook Inc., the tech giant exclusively told Reuters.
Facebook reported, however, that there will be no improvement in the privacy controls over its UK clients. Arrangements with the Irish subsidiary of Facebook now protect the massive software business, although the change will take effect next year in the immediate future.
Facebook will inform consumers of the slight change of its terms and conditions agreements during the first half of 2021. However, just recently Facebook’s Messenger and Instagram are disabled in the EU to comply with Europe’s new rules