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Facebook And Instagram Won’t Be Shut In Europe After All Due To New Data Transfer Agreement

The concerns of social media users in Europe can now be put to rest as a new data transfer agreement will ensure the functioning of Facebook and Instagram.

If you remember, many were beyond shocked when Meta announced last month that it could potentially be pulled out of Europe. And with more and more speculation increasing each minute, people simply didn’t know what to make of it.

Meta shared an alarming update for Europe last month

The news came via an update that was shared by Meta with the world which spoke about a provisional decision from the IDPC. This concluded that Meta’s apps were not in compliance with Data Protection Regulations. Therefore, transfers of data over these platforms from the EU to the US need to be suspended.

It also spoke about how there was a growing need for a transatlantic platform framework for data transfer. And if it wasn’t adopted soon enough, they would no longer be allowed to provide Facebook and Instagram to users across Europe.

Meta has been working on a solution ever since

Clearly, this update was not something new as the leading EU-based privacy regulator issued a similar warning in 2020. And since then, Meta revealed how it had been working hard for a solution.

The only difference now is how the company had no choice but to issue responses officially. This is where it boldly stated how it had no desire to withdraw from any part of Europe.

All issues put to rest, once and for all, hopefully

Now, EU social media users can breathe a sigh of relief as the EU commission’s President was quick to release a recent statement about a preliminary agreement. This was in regards to a preliminary agreement over the flow of transatlantic data being established across the US.

The President also outlined the agreement as another step forward in strengthening its partnership. Similarly, it hoped the decision would allow for enhanced security, better data protection, and more privacy.

Was the panic worth it?

Well, now the question arises. Was the panic actually worth it, at the end of the day or not?

Experts reveal how there was always a risk of Meta being cut off for Europe’s users. Moreover, the thought of its services being removed from the EU was another possibility if such an agreement wasn’t reached.

But again, many believe that so many Europeans were never overly phased over the concept that involved a Facebook-free world, Nevertheless, some didn’t mind the thought of such a change, and perhaps were even welcoming it.


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