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Mark Zuckerberg Sets To Shut Down Facebook And Instagram In 2 Powerful Countries

In the United Kingdom and Europe, popular Meta-owned social networking programs such as Facebook and Instagram may be blocked.

Following a disagreement with Europe over data protection rules, Mark Zuckerberg has threatened to withdraw “core services” from the continent.

Meta has quietly issued a warning that if Europe does not allow it to execute “transatlantic data transfers,” it will be forced to shut down its services.

This entails moving people’s personal information from Europe’s safe systems, which are strictly regulated, to the United States.

Meta stated in an annual report to a US government agency that if a new framework is not established, the company will “probably” have to discontinue delivering its “most significant products and services.”

While Meta maintains that exchanging data between countries and regions is essential to its services, the European Court of Justice has barred it from doing so from July 2020. This is primarily to safeguard European users from having their personal information shared or sold without their consent.

“We have absolutely no desire and no plans to exit from Europe,” a representative for Meta told City AM, “but the plain reality is that Meta, like many other businesses, organizations, and services, rely on data transfers between the EU and the US in order to operate global services.”

“Fundamentally, businesses require clear, global rules to protect transatlantic data flows over the long term, and we, along with more than 70 other companies from a variety of industries, are closely monitoring the potential impact on our European operations as these developments progress,” they added.

Facebook’s economic strategy is nearly completely based on advertising, which uses users’ personal information to market and sell them items.

However, the internet giant has been criticized throughout the years for how its algorithms target content to users under this approach, and has been accused of facilitating the spread of misinformation.

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