By Oisin Sweeney • 17 December 2020 • 20:00
The move comes amidst a sweeping EU crackdown on Big Tech - Image Source: Twitter
FACEBOOK has deactivated many features of its Messenger and Instagram apps for European users to comply with new EU privacy rules.
The tech giant was forced to suspend many of its popular features across its Messenger and Instagram apps to comply with the EU’s sweeping new ePrivacy directive. Facebook will only be able to offer a core messaging service on its popular Messenger app, with features such as nicknames and interactive facial photo filter now banned.
In a statement, Facebook said: “We’re still determining the best way to bring these features back. It takes time to rebuild products in a way that works seamlessly for people and also comply with new regulation”.
The EU’s new ePrivacy directive is part of the bloc’s broader plans to curb the power and influence of big tech companies. The new laws aims to limit how companies can use messages and private date shared over their platforms.
As the law is still in its early days, it is not yet clear what features Facebook has removed as a precaution and which are gone for good in Europe.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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