Facebook explains why the “Some features are not available” notice that is appearing on Instagram and Messenger

If you are an Instagram or Facebook Messenger user like millions of people in Europe, it is likely that you have come across a new warning message informing about some functions that are not available.

You also probably don’t have much of an idea of ​​exactly what features you’re missing, or what Facebook is working on so you can use it again. It is, as the company explains, changes to Facebook messaging services in the European Union.

The ePrivacy Regulation

In 2017 the European Commission proposed a new regulation for privacy and electronic communications, its aim was to bring the rules up to date with the GDPR. And after years of negotiations on the final text, the directive comes into force now and comes to replace the cookie law approved in 2002.

The normative directly affects messaging services and limits the ways in which companies can use data from chats and calls. That is why Facebook says it is “adjusting how its services work to comply with the law.”

They have to do things like further separate the messaging data from other parts of their infrastructure. For now the basic and most important functions such as text messaging and calls are the priority and are available, however they explain that “advanced functions such as surveys could be interrupted while they make changes to get in line with the new privacy rules” .

Some advanced features of Messenger and Instagram will not work while Facebook adjusts to comply with the ePrivacy Regulation that has come into effect in Europe

The new Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation comes to change how companies request consent when tracking the user and setting cookies, emphasizing that the user must consent through a clear and affirmative action, and therefore the mere banners to accept cookies cease to make sense and at last we will see them begin to disappear.

The ePrivacy regulation also prohibits the surveillance of communications and the collection of metadata without the explicit consent of those involved. It also prohibits messaging services from using data to prevent, detect, and respond to child abuse material and other forms of harm.