Meta admits to blocking EU-based users’ access to Threads using VPN

Meta Confirms It Is Blocking EU-Based Users from Accessing Threads via VPN

Meta has confirmed that it is actively blocking European Union (EU) users from accessing its microblogging social network, Threads, through the use of virtual private networks (VPNs). This move comes as Meta aims to comply with privacy laws and regulations in the EU, particularly the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Threads, which was launched by Meta last week, has quickly gained popularity, accumulating over 100 million sign-ups. However, the app remains unavailable in most European countries due to regulatory uncertainty. European users who attempted to access Threads using VPNs have encountered error messages stating that the app is “unavailable in your region”. Meta’s decision to block VPN access to Threads is an effort to prevent EU residents from using servers outside the EU, where data protection regulations may be less stringent.

The company released a statement acknowledging the blocking of VPN access and stated that Threads is currently not available in most European countries. Meta emphasized its commitment to the European market, expressing the hope of making Threads accessible in the region in the future.

Privacy advocates have criticized Meta’s decision, arguing that it infringes on EU users’ right to privacy. VPNs are commonly used to protect online privacy and security, especially in situations where individuals may be vulnerable to hacking or surveillance. While Meta’s move is an attempt to comply with data protection laws and regulations, it has caused disappointment among EU users who were eager to try out the Threads app.

The availability of Threads in the EU is dependent on regulatory approval, and Meta aims to ensure compliance with local laws before launching the app in the region. Until then, EU-based users will be unable to access Threads via VPN and will have to wait for further updates from Meta regarding its availability in Europe.