Facebook has temporarily disabled some Messenger and Instagram features in response to new rules for messaging services in Europe.
If you live in Europe, chances are you’ve seen notifications on both Facebook and Instagram in the last few days, telling you that some features are not available, but that they’re working to “bring them back.”
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“Which features?” I hear you ask. Well, Facebook hasn’t laid out a list of them, but according to reports, polls on Messenger and Instagram are missing, as are stickers on Instagram and personalized replies on Messenger. Trying to upload some files on Messenger, or sharing AR effects in Direct might also be a problem.
The move follows new rules on data usage in the EU – part of the region’s 2002 Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive.
There is no word as to when the situation will normalize, but all we know for now is that Facebook is working on it.
In other news, Facebook took out full-page newspaper ads this week to attack Apple’s new policies on tracking users in iOS 14. Welcome to LalaLand.
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