Threads is now accessible to EU citizens

Threads is finally available to users in the EUFive months after its launch in July, Meta’s social network Threads is now finally available to people living in the European Union. At launch, the company restricted access to the new social network in the EU to become compliant with various rules of the bloc. In July, days after Threads’ launch, Meta had to take “additional” steps to prevent EU-based users from using a VPN to access the social network. The official launch comes after the Wall Street Journal’s report last month indicated that Meta planned to launch Threads in the EU in December. The social network’s launch in the EU will help the company cross that mark.

After five long months, the social network Threads has finally made its way to users in the European Union. The highly-anticipated launch, which initially took place back in July, was met with restrictions for EU residents in order to comply with local regulations.

At that time, Threads had yet to create a web version of the platform, leaving users unable to access posts through URLs or download the app.

The company took “additional” measures to prevent EU-based users from using VPNs to gain access to the network.

However, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Threads was planning to officially launch in the EU in December. And just last week, a countdown timer appeared on the home page teasing a December 14th launch in the region.

During Meta’s third quarter earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Threads had less than 100 million monthly active users. With its launch in the EU, the social network is expected to reach and surpass that milestone.

In a recent announcement, Zuckerberg also revealed that Threads is now experimenting with ActivityPub integration. This feature would allow posts from the Meta-owned network to appear on compatible decentralized networks, such as Mastodon.

The integration aims to connect and expand Threads’ reach to a wider audience with similar interests and lifestyles.

With this new development, Threads is set to revolutionize the way users engage and interact with each other on social media.

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