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Meta Halts Plans for Large Dutch Data Center on Rising Opposition

Meta Platforms Inc. has paused plans to build a large data center in the Netherlands after the tech giant faced increasing opposition from the government.

The parent company of Facebook said it had been invited in 2019 by the local, provincial and national governments to consider a data center investment in the Netherlands in the region of Zeewolde. The previous local council had already approved a zoning plan for the so-called hyperscale data center, but last week the Dutch Senate voted in favor of a motion to reconsider the plan.