14 Jul

Europe is Considering Banning Facebook and Instagram Due to a Privacy Dispute

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, may be taken down in Europe after an Irish authority decided that they could not share the data of Europeans with the US.

Both social media platforms would be unavailable to European users this summer if EU regulators approve, Politico reported last week.

Although Meta acknowledged the privacy regulator’s ruling in Ireland, it did not immediately react to a request for comment from The Independent.

“This draft decision, which is subject to review by European Data Protection Authorities, relates to a conflict of EU and US law which is in the process of being resolved,” a Meta spokesperson told Politico.

In Europe, Facebook has more than 300 million daily active users, or more than 10% of all users worldwide.

With more than a quarter of all users based there, Europe has an even bigger proportion of Instagram users than the rest of the world.

As Position Mobile has learned, other European privacy regulators have received the Irish Data Protection Commission’s blocking order, and they will comment on it over the course of the coming month.

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