Meta’s new app not available in Ireland over EU law concerns

Meta's new app not available in Ireland over EU law concerns

Meta’s new social media app Threads, widely seen as a rival to Twitter, has been launched in the US and the UK but is not yet available in Ireland or the rest of the EU due to regulatory concerns.

Threads, a text-based spin-off from Instagram, is now available in more than 100 countries — but no date has been given for an EU launch.

According to The Guardian, citing sources in Meta, the company is seeking clarification from the European Commission on aspects of the forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA).

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has said it has been in contact with Meta about the new service but was advised there were no current plans to launch in the EU.

Earlier this year, the DPC imposed a record €1.2 billion fine on Meta for GDPR breaches related to personal data transfers between the EU/EEA and the US.

The social media giant also suffered a defeat in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) this week in a case concerning the legal basis of its processing of personal data for the purposes of targeted advertising.

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