Meta will shut down Threads in Turkey

Meta has said it will temporarily shut down Threads in Turkey due to regulatory requirements linked to the platform’s mandatory tie-in with Instagram.

The micro-blogging service, created by Meta as an alternative to Twitter, which has now rebranded to X, will no longer be available to users in Turkey starting April 29th.

Meta said it is shutting down Threads to comply with the interim order from the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) that prohibited the sharing of data between Threads and Instagram.

The TCA has issued an order while authorities investigate Meta for “potentially abusing its dominant position by linking the Threads and Instagram applications.”

It said that using Instagram data to create Threads profiles without offering users an opt-out could cause “irreparable” damage until the investigation was concluded.

“This situation enables Meta to allocate more resources for service development, thereby making it difficult for competitors to access advertisers and, consequently, financial resources, thus creating barriers to market entry,” the TCA said.

Meta said it disagrees with the interim order, adding, “We believe we are in compliance with all Turkish legal requirements, and we will appeal.”

The company also said that the decision will have no impact on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or other Meta services in Turkey or Threads in other countries.

“We know this will be very disappointing for the many people in Türkiye who engage on Threads with their community,” Meta said, using a form of the country’s name that its government now prefers to use internationally.

It said it will seek to minimize any disruption as much as possible. According to Meta, users will be allowed to choose whether to deactivate their Threads profile or delete it completely.

Deactivated accounts will be brought back to life once Threads returns to Turkey. Users will also be allowed to download their posts and content before the platform is shut down, Meta said.

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