Facebook is disabling some Messenger and Instagram features in Europe

Facebook informs Messenger and Instagram users in Europe that some features are unavailable for a period of time. A small message has appeared in both Facebook Messenger and Instagram apps for European users this week, noting that some features are not available to “respect new rules for messaging services in Europe. ”

Facebook does not specify what features will be required, but the company does indicate on its support pages that polls on both Messenger and Instagram are not currently available in Europe , along with a lack of stickers in Instagram or personal responses on Messenger. Other missing features can include the lack of specific file invitations on Messenger, missing nicknames, or the ability to share AR effects in DMs on Instagram.

Facebook warning in Instagram DMs.

Facebook has disabled some of these features for some time to comply with new rules on the use of data in EU countries. It is part of the national implementations taking place in the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive 2002 (ePrivacy Directive). This directive imposes stricter rules on the use of data across communications services operating in countries that are part of the European Union.

It is unclear when Facebook will bring those features back for European users, but a spokesman states The edge most will return “very quickly. ”