The authorities criticized Facebook for the plan to merge messengers

Facebook’s plans for integrating Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger messaging features may be blocked under EU privacy laws.

The Irish Data Protection Commission stated that“Ultimately, the proposed integration can occur in the EU only if it is able to meet all the requirements of the GDPR.” The Irish Commission controls Facebook at the EU level, since the European headquarters of the technical giant is located in Dublin.

European legislation of the General RegulationsData Protection (GDPR) protects people's personal data from being stored or shared without consent. For violation of the rules of the organization can be fined up to 20 million euros or 4% of their annual global turnover.

In the US, the idea of ​​unification was also not met withdelighted. Some congressmen believe that it was impossible to allow Facebook to purchase Instagram and WhatsApp, because now they do not have a competitive incentive for truly active and healthy development that would benefit consumers and the market.