Threads Launches in the European Union

Threads is now available to users in the European Union, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced. The move comes five months after the social media network launched in most markets around the world, but remained unavailable to EU-based users due to regulatory hurdles.

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"Today we're opening Threads to more countries in Europe," wrote Zuckerberg in a post on the platform. "Welcome everyone." In addition to creating a Threads profile for posting, users in the EU can also simply browse Threads without having an Instagram account, an option likely introduced to comply with legislation surrounding online services.

The company's delay in launching the service in EU countries is believed to have been caused by the EU's Digital Markets Act, or DMA, which is intended to make the tech sector more open and balance competition.

When Meta launched Threads in July, users signed up through their Instagram account, which allowed Threads to gain millions of users. The integration between the two platforms wasn't universally welcomed though, and led to complaints that it was impossible to delete your Threads profile without also deleting your Instagram account.

Then in November, Meta loosened the integration by rolling out a way to delete or deactivate a Threads profile separately while leaving the associated Instagram account intact.

The expansion into a market of 448 million people should see Threads' user numbers get a decent boost. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a company earnings call in October that Threads now has "just under" 100 million monthly users. Since its launch earlier this year it has gained a web app, an ability to search for posts, and a post editing feature.

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Glenny2lappies Avatar
26 weeks ago
Don't do Facebook.

I am not a product.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
breather Avatar
26 weeks ago
For the small small price of every possible data about you on your phone.
There is no privacy on threads, none at all.

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Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coffeemilktea Avatar
26 weeks ago
This is awesome news, now people in the EU can enjoy Threads for all of one week before losing interest and forgetting it exists afterwards. :p
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Thehangmn Avatar
26 weeks ago
Zuck's threads or Elons X... its like the american political system, two lousy options both set up to profit billionaires at your expense
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gank41 Avatar
26 weeks ago
Yeah, this implies I’d need to open an account up with Facebook- er, Meta- er, Instagram… whatever. I’ve been off Facebook for about 6-7 years now and will not be giving them more ad fodder.

Good to see I’ll soon be able to communicate with them all on Mastodon, though.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
currocj Avatar
26 weeks ago
Facebook is for grandmas to stalk family members who don’t post their anymore.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)