Meta to Launch Threads App on July 6 as Twitter Restricts Access to Users

Threads will be integrated with Instagram and allow users to follow the accounts they follow on the photo-sharing platform and keep the same username.

Meta to Launch Threads App on July 6 as Twitter Restricts Access to Users

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Threads launch comes after Twitter announced a slate of restrictions on the app

Highlights
  • Threads is a text-based conversation app
  • Twitter-like platforms saw a surge in users and activity
  • Threads will allow users to follow the accounts they follow on Instagram
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Meta Platforms plans to launch a Twitter-rivalling microblogging app called Threads, days after Twitter boss Elon Musk attracted criticism by announcing a temporary cap on how many posts users can read on the social media site.

Threads is expected to be released on Thursday and will allow users to retain followers from photo-sharing platform Instagram, and keep the same username, a listing on Apple's App Store showed.

The rollout represents a direct challenge to Twitter, which has faced numerous controversies since Musk bought the company for $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,61,000 crore) in 2022.

Last week, the Tesla billionaire announced a slate of new restrictions on the app, limiting the number of tweets users could view per day, prompting outcry from many on the platform.

While alternative microblogging sites - such as Mastodon and Blue Sky - have seen an uptick in user numbers since Musk's acquisition, neither has been able to challenge Twitter.

But Instagram already has hundreds of millions of registered users and has a history of introducing new features based on the success of other social media firms.

In 2016, it added a feature called "stories" to Instagram, or user posts that disappear after a fixed amount of time, in response to the rising popularity of Snapchat.

More recently, the company's short-form video feature "Reels" has sought to challenge the rise of TikTok.

The launch of Threads represents a credible threat to Twitter under Musk, whose attempts to boost revenues and reshape the platform his own image have faced severe criticism.

After acquiring the company late last year, he laid off around 80 percent of staff and reinstated a number of banned accounts, such as those of former U.S. President Donald Trump and conservative satirical news site Babylon Bee.

Hundreds of advertisers, concerned by a perceived rise in harmful content on the platform, paused spending with Twitter, and internal documents seen by Reuters showed the platform's most active users becoming disengaged.

Meta did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on a similar launch on the Google Play Store. Reuters approached Twitter for comment.

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