In Turkey, Meta suspends Threads

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Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has announced its decision to temporarily suspend its Threads app in Turkey, effective April 29.

The action follows a regulatory dispute with the Turkish Competition Authority regarding data-sharing practices between Threads and Instagram.

In a statement released on Monday, Meta disclosed that the TCA had accused the company of abusing its market dominance by combining user data from both platforms without obtaining explicit consent.

Meta said other social media services such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp would remain unaffected.

FILE PHOTO: Meta and Threads app logos are seen in this illustration taken July 4, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

“To comply with an interim order of the Rekabet Kurumu/Turkish Competition Authority (TCA), we will shut down Threads in Turkey from Monday, April 29.

“We know this will be very disappointing for the many people in Turkey who engage on Threads with their community. We are taking steps to minimise any disruption as much as possible,” Meta said.

Last month, the country’s competition authority imposed an interim measure to hinder data sharing between the Instagram and Threads platforms as it investigated possible abuse of the company’s dominant market position.

In 2022, the company was fined $18.6m for merging user data across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Meta stated that it would notify Threads users in Turkey within the app about the impending shutdown before April 29.

According to the firm, users will then have the choice to either deactivate their profiles, preserve their data for potential reactivation if Threads returns to Turkey, or delete their profiles entirely.

It added that users who deactivate their profiles could utilise Meta’s Download Your Information tool at any time to download their posts and preserve their content.