Moments, Facebook’s new app,  that you can’t get in Europe

Moments, Facebook’s new app, that you can’t get in Europe

Facebook has launched its brand new App called Moments. The app is currently not available anywhere in Europe. The reason behind this goes back to 2012  when Facebook was pressured by European data authorities to remove its “tag suggest” facial recognition feature from the social network.

Facial Recognition is an essential part of the new Moments photo app and thus Facebook is unable to launch the app anywhere in Europe.  Facebook’s head of policy in Europe,Richard Allan, told the Wall Street Journal that the app can only be introduced  in Europe if the Facebook reaches a new deal with Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner. “Regulators have told us we have to offer an opt-in choice to people to do this,” he stated. “We don’t have an opt-in mechanism so it is turned off until we develop one.” Facebook stated that they don’t have any plans for implementing such a feature, so is unlikely we will ever be able to use Moments in Europe!

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