After Elon Musk announced unprecedented limits on the number of tweets that users can access per day, it was learned that Meta, the company owned by Mark Zuckerberg, plans to launch Threads, a direct competitor of Twitter, on July 6.
The new app will allow digital conversations in real time through short text publications. In its description of the new app, Meta explains that it is a platform “where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what will be trending tomorrow.” It adds that users will be able to express on Threads all their interests as well as “follow and connect with their favorite creators” and other users who “love the same things.” At the moment, the app will only be available for iOS, the iPhone’s operating system. It is unknown if the app will also be released.
Users will be able to sign up for Threads with their existing Instagram account, and will therefore be able to follow the same accounts they previously followed on the Meta platform, without having to manually search for each user again. As shown through some iPhone screenshots on the App Store, users will be able to like posts, contribute comments and repost and share other user posts. On the other hand, it will also allow to choose which audience can reply to posts, i.e., replies are enabled for all users, for people the user follows or only for people who are mentioned in that post.
However, all is not rosy for Threads, in the networks have been leaked several images of the App Store where you can see the permissions that the application would need and the large amount of information it would collect from each of the users, bringing back to memory the several existing lawsuits for this type of operation.