Facebook Changes Infrastructure to Meet EU Messenger Requirements
European users have noticed changes in Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook. When entering the services, messages began to appear stating that "some functions are not available." The company explained that it is adjusting the work of services to comply with the requirements of EU legislation. In particular, messaging data will be decoupled from the rest of the infrastructure.
Facebook is making these changes to comply with the expanded Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive. It will now apply to messaging and calling services.
Facebook explained that it prioritized basic features such as text messaging and video calling. However, some advanced features, such as polls, that require the content of a message, may not work. The Help Center already has some updates for the affected features and will be rolling out gradually.
In addition, Facebook is implementing changes that will allow it to identify child abuse and other inappropriate content. These will include an analysis of messaging metadata.
Earlier this year, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels, in a meeting with officials and information security experts, proposed an option to regulate online content. He stressed that content should be regulated by laws, and states should be more involved in this process. European officials, by contrast, said that social media should take responsibility for the content that is posted on their sites.
As a result, the European Union refused to accept Facebook's recommendations on controlling content on social networks. European Commissioner for Industry Thierry Breton said that Facebook should adapt to European standards, and not vice versa.
This fall, the EU Council of Ministers approved a resolution obliging messenger operators to create keys for monitoring chats and messages with end-to-end encryption.