Meta to Temporarily Shut Down Threads in Turkey

Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, has announced that it will temporarily shut down its social media platform Threads in Turkey. The decision comes as a response to an interim order from the Turkish competition authority, investigating possible abuse of Meta’s dominant market position.

Why is Threads Being Temporarily Shut Down in Turkey?

The Turkish competition authority imposed an interim measure on Meta, which prevents data sharing between the Instagram and Threads platforms. This investigation is focused on the potential abuse of Meta’s dominant market position. As a result, Meta has decided to temporarily shut down Threads in Turkey, starting from April 29.

The shutdown of Threads in Turkey will not affect Meta’s other social media platforms and services, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Users of Threads in Turkey will need to find alternative platforms to use for their social media needs.

The Turkish competition authority is investigating Meta for potential abuse of its dominant market position. The investigation is focused on data sharing between the Instagram and Threads platforms. The competition authority is concerned that this data sharing may give Meta an unfair advantage in the market.

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Meta has said that it is cooperating with the Turkish competition authority and will continue to do so. The company has emphasized its commitment to working with regulators and policymakers to ensure platforms are safe, secure, and compliant with all relevant laws and regulations.

What Happens Next?

The investigation by the Turkish competition authority is ongoing, and it is unclear how long it will take to conclude. In the meantime, Threads will remain temporarily shut down in Turkey.

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