Facebook and Instagram disable features in Europe

Facebook is disabling several features in its Messenger and Instagram apps in Europe, to make sure they comply with a change in privacy rules.

From December 21, the messaging apps will fall under EU rules known as the ePrivacy directive.

Facebook decided to switch off several interactive options and offer just a core messaging service until it can add the extras back in. Group chat polls on Messenger are among the tools to be switched off.

The ability to set nicknames for friends on Messenger will also be deactivated, while the sharing of augmented-reality face filters via direct message on Instagram will also be switched off in Europe.

Facebook said it had not published a list of all the features it was suspending in Europe because it would be quickly reactivating ones that it was confident complied with the rules.

The core text messaging and calling options on Instagram and Messenger will not be affected.

The tools will be deactivated for users across Europe in stages.

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