Messenger Disables Several Features Due to EU Privacy Laws

 

If you were wondering why a warning that ‘some features have been disabled’ appeared on your messenger app this week, Messenger is currently trying its best to navigate new privacy laws in Europe – though unfortunately, it’s not that great…

 

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The ‘ePrivacy Directive’ EU laws will be enacted as of 21st December and will temporarily restrict certain data from being shared on both Facebook and Instagram…

 

 

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an issue in relation to privacy arise among Facebook – from huge scandals like Cambridge Analytica to basic infringements like suspiciously targeted ads – Facebook has been questioned for its practices when it comes to their users quite a few times…

 

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In hopes of catching up to over-a-decade-old privacy law, the company has disabled quite a few features. “We’re updating our messaging services in response to new privacy rules in Europe and notifying people directly of these changes. While some messaging features will be unavailable, the majority of features on Messenger, Instagram and Facebook will continue to be available.”, shared a Facebook spokesperson.

 

 

Whilst Facebook believes that these features will be back as soon as possible, after complying justly with the new rules, here are the features that will be disabled for the foreseeable future…

 

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As for Messenger; Polls, Chat nicknames, personalised replies, and media file sends are currently disabled. Meanwhile, on Instagram, polls are also disabled in DMs – alongside AR effects and Stickers.

 

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