Released on 06.10. 2021 Data protection officers are calling for more regulation of social networks. Photo: Fabian Sommer Already heard? You can now also have your messages read out to you. Simply click on the play symbol in any article or add the article to your personal playlist using the plus symbol and listen to it later. Listen to the article: After all services belonging to the Facebook group such as Whatsapp and Instagram had failed for several hours, there are now calls for stronger regulation. Hamburg (dpa) - Hamburg's acting data protection officer Ulrich K\u00fchn has called for stricter regulation of social networks after the hours of failure of the Facebook services. \u00abThe consistent enforcement of data protection law Requirements in Europe would be a necessary first step, \u201dsaid K\u00fchn of the\u201c Augsburger Allgemeine \u201d. He expects that efforts to regulate the Facebook group more closely will also increase internationally. "In the USA, Facebook is currently under considerable political pressure because of its non-transparent business practices" said K\u00fchn. His authority is responsible for Facebook in Germany. The failure made it clear how much Facebook has now linked its social networks. \u201cThe fact that all major services - Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram - were affected at the same time shows the close proximity of these products and their ever greater merging with one another.\u201d \u201cThe ongoing efforts to to interlink the services in terms of content and to use data from one service for the other, \u201dsaid K\u00fchn. Here, however, his authority was unable to enforce at European level to prohibit the use of personal WhatsApp data for Facebook purposes. The failure also shows how much Facebook is operated in Europe, contrary to other statements from the USA. \u00abThe apparent independence of the European provider Facebook Ireland Ltd. and WhatsApp Ireland Ltd. exists mainly on paper. \u00bb Technical problems with Facebook and its daughters WhatsApp and Instagram led to an outage of around six hours on Monday.