Meta blocks access to Threads for EU users: what's the reason

Olha GanyukovaLife
Threads is said to be available in the future

Users in the European Union have started complaining about the inability to access the Threads app, including through VPNs. Meta, the company that owns the social network, said it was blocking access to the app in the EU.

This was reported by TechCrunch. Meta launched the Threads app last week, but due to privacy concerns, it is not available in the EU.

The company said in a statement that it has taken additional measures to prevent users from accessing the new social network.

"Threads is currently unavailable in most European countries, and we have taken additional measures to prevent people in those countries from accessing it. Europe remains an incredibly important market for Meta, and we hope to make Threads available here in the future," the company explained.

The Threads app intensively tracks users in accordance with Meta's privacy policy, which states that the app may collect a range of personal data, including highly sensitive information such as health and financial data, precise location, browsing history, contacts, and search history.

This approach poses legal and regulatory challenges for Meta in the EU.

Last week, the social media world was in an unprecedented stir as the American company Meta, headed by Mark Zuckerberg, introduced a new social network called Threads.

Zuckerberg presented Threads as a "friendly" competitor to Twitter. However, the network turned out to be not very friendly to Ukrainians. There have already been reports that the platform is blocking accounts because of Russian aggression and a full-scale invasion.

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