Meta Launches Twitter Rival Dubbed ‘Threads’
Summary: Meta plans to launch its new Twitter rival, Threads, on July 6, following Twitter's "rate limit" incident. The app, which is closely connected to Instagram, is available for pre-order on the Apple App Store. Meta has previously released standalone applications that have been shut down or rolled into other offerings.
On July 6, only days after Twitter’s “rate limit” incident briefly, limited users’ ability to see a certain number of tweets per day. Meta plans to launch its new Twitter rival, Threads. According to a countdown site published by Meta. The debut of the platform, which is tightly connected with the Instagram service, is scheduled for this coming Thursday.
Concerns Over Data Collection
Threads, an app that will be released on July 6, is currently available for pre-order on the Apple App Store. Concerns have been raised about data mining, privacy, and the app’s sustainability in isolation. It was pointed out by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that Instagram, the creator of the Threads app, would gain access to a wide variety of user data, including financial information and IDs.
In spite of this, analysts who responded to Dorsey’s post said that Twitter has essentially the same rights as Threads and collects the same data.
Past Meta App Performances
Others have questioned the app’s potential success. Citing the fact that Meta has previously released standalone applications that have subsequently been shut down. Or had their features rolled into other offerings.
Mastodon, an alternative to Twitter, runs on the decentralized social networking technology ActivityPub, which the standalone Threads app will support.
Meta is launching Threads only days after Twitter’s rate limit problem momentarily restricted the amount of posts a user may view in a day. The new service eliminates the need for users to manually re-enter their Instagram user name and follower count.