- Apr 24, 2016
On Thursday, when Instagram Threads launches in the US and UK, people in the European Union will have to just sit and watch as others sign up, according to Independent.ie. The newspaper reported that it had been in contact with Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) and that it had said that Threads won’t be coming to the EU at this point.
The reason people in the United Kingdom will be able to use the app on Thursday is that the country doesn’t follow all the EU’s privacy laws following Brexit. A similar scenario popped up with regards to Google’s Bard AI which was launched in the UK just fine but has still not arrived in the EU.
According to the report, the DPC has not blocked Instagram Threads, instead, Meta is just not bothering to launch the platform in the EU yet to avoid getting into trouble with the regulators. Those who want to use it will have to wait until Meta has set it up so it complies with EU privacy laws.
Meta is not planning to launch Threads in the European Union on Thursday, according to Ireland's Data Protection Commission. Data sharing between Threads and Instagram is said to be the reason why.