Following complaints from users in the EU about problems accessing the Threads social network via VPN, Meta* confirmed that it blocks such attempts. For privacy reasons, the Threads app is currently unavailable in the EU. The company said in a statement that it took additional measures to block European users from accessing the resource. At the same time, reading the tape is available to residents of the EU, it is not possible to publish their news.
“Threads is currently unavailable in most EU countries and we have taken additional measures to prevent users from accessing the service. Europe is still an incredibly important market for Meta*and we hope to make threads available for this region in the future.”the company said in a statement.
The draft of the new Digital Markets Act puts restrictions on how tech giants (known as “gatekeepers” or “intermediaries”) can collect personal data for targeted advertising. Meta* cites law enforcement uncertainty as the main reason for the delay in launching threads in the EU.
Threads, Twitter’s new competitor, surpassed 100 million in just a few days. However, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower, daily active users are down 20% this week and time spent in the app is down. Therefore, it is still difficult to assess what the situation will be like when the novelty effect wears off.
Meta earlier this week* updated Thread app for iOS with support for iOS 17, reduced executable file size and other minor improvements. Responding to a message about the lack of a web version and desktop support, a company representative said it was a little harder than “Just turn it on”.
* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremists”. has met activity”.