Facebook had to remove some features in Europe

12/22/2020 13:24 GMT + 7

Facebook must remove some features from Instagram and Messenger in Europe to comply with the new privacy regulations here.

The recent change in the European Electronic Privacy Directive (ePrivacy Directive) forced Facebook to turn off some features. The change is aimed at preventing companies like Facebook from “digging up” the content of messages and metadata for advertising purposes.

Disabled features include polling, using stickers and augmented reality filters on Instagram, nicknamed Messenger contacts. Main functions such as texting and video calling were not removed.

According to Facebook, ePrivacy Directive also prohibits calling and texting services that use data to prevent, detect and respond to content of child abuse and other forms of harm. As a result, the company cannot check if content shared via Instagram and Facebook contains child abuse content, although other major tech firms continue to do so.

Facebook’s ability to automatically track content has been a subject of intense debate between the company and the global government. At the present time, social media submits thousands of reports to US authorities each year about child molesters online and millions of others based on automatic image and video detection. child abuse.

Child protection agencies estimate that 70% of Facebook reports would disappear if the company allowed pedophiles and victims to communicate via an end-to-end encrypted messaging service that Facebook itself could not track.

Despite ePrivacy Directive, five other major tech firms (Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Roblox and Yubo) say they continue to actively scan platforms for child abuse content. Their decisions are highly appreciated by Internet organizations for supporting the protection of children online and in real life.

Du Lam (According to Sky News)

He will take strong action against Facebook if he does not remove malicious content

He will take strong action against Facebook if he does not remove malicious content

The UK targets the world’s biggest technology firms with a new bill regarding illegal and malicious online content.


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