In Europe, some of the features on Messenger and Instagram will be temporarily available. And they are seeing a message informing them about the features of the disabling. The message read, ” In Europe, this is to respect new rules for messaging services. We are working to bring them back.”
The number of features can be accessed on its support page but the social media giant did not inform it that has been disabled recently in the region.
Here is the list of disabled features:
Personalized replies on messenger.
Running polls on group chats and lack of stickers on Instagram.
No AR (augmented reality) filters available in direct messages (DMs) on Instagram.
Ability to give nicknames to contacts.
In the EU (European Union) countries, these features have been temporarily disabled to comply with new data usage rules which come under the ePrivacy Directive(Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive).
The company said, ” We are still determining the best way to bring these features back. It takes time to rebuild products in a way that works seamlessly for people and also comply with a new regulation.”
The calling and text messaging options are the same as they were before. A Facebook spokesperson has said that these features will be back very soon according to The Verge. The social platform not mentioning some features like nicknames or stickers that are not in compliance with the ePrivacy directives that will not be available raises a few questions.