Facebook and Instagram may leave Europe: will it affect Ukraine

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said the apps may stop working in Europe.

Facebook and Instagram may leave Europe

We are talking about disagreements with regulators – updated European laws are designed to protect user privacy.

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On Thursday, Meta filed its annual report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, specifying that the company may completely shut down Instagram and Facebook in Europewrites metro.

Previously, Facebook could transatlantic data transmission through the so-called Privacy Shield and Standard Contractual Clauses.

In July 2020, the European Court of Justice annulled the Privacy Shield due to data protection breaches, which made making it impossible for Facebook to process the data of European users from USA.

In August of that year, Irish regulators proposed suspend the transfer of user data from the EU to the US due to non-compliance with data protection regulations – GDPR.

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Since Meta has been unable to reach a new agreement, it is threatening to completely close its services in a number of countries:

  • Great Britain
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Great Britain

This shutdown will not affect Ukraine directly yet. True, this means that Ukrainians will not be able to communicate on Facebook and Instagram with their friends from the countries mentioned above.

It’s only a matter of time before the tech giant decides whether to carry out its threat against the rest of the world.

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Source: Segodnya

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