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Facebook and Instagram could be shut down in Europe due to data privacy issues

The company responsible for Facebook and Instagram, Meta, may close both social networks in the European Union (EU).

Facebook and Instagram could be shut down in Europe due to data privacy issues

Facebook and Instagram could be shut down in Europe due to data privacy issues

At stake is a new EU law that requires data from European citizens to be processed on servers within the territory, and these data are currently processed both in Europe and North America. This data processing in both territories takes place for the purpose of targeting advertising.

In a report submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Meta Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg notes that this legislation could force the company to stop offering Facebook and Instagram in the EU if it is unable to process this data in Europe. The executive emphasizes that, if this happens, the absence of Facebook and Instagram would be harmful to the existence of several businesses and companies.

“While policymakers are working towards a sustainable, long-term solution, we urge regulators to adopt a proportionate and pragmatic approach to minimise disruption to the many thousands of businesses who, like Facebook, have been relying on these mechanisms in good faith to transfer data in a safe and secure way,” Clegg told CityAm.

Following Clegg’s statement, another Meta spokesperson told City A.M.:

“We have absolutely no desire and no plans to withdraw from Europe, but the simple reality is that Meta, and many other businesses, organisations and services, rely on data transfers between the EU and the US in order to operate global services.”

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