Is this the end of Facebook in Europe?

Facebook could leave Europe
(Image credit: Kenny Eliason from Unsplash)

Facebook has threatened to remove its services from the UK and Europe, following data transfer agreements between the UK and US that are now invalid. If the action goes go ahead, it will affect hundreds of thousands of people who not only use the platform as a tool for socializing and sharing images but businesses who use it for marketing and promotion. 

Over the past few months Facebook, owned by parent company Meta (which also owns Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger), has been threatening to pull its services out of Europe following new regulations regarding GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). According to the video posted to TDLR YouTube (below), under GDPR regulations personal data can only be transferred to countries that can ensure an adequate level of protection.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.