New Delhi: As people search for alternatives to Twitter to “clean up,” Meta’s upcoming micro-blogging platform will use Instagram’s account system to automatically populate user information. As The Verge reports, Meta is in discussions with big personalities like Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama and DJ Slime to become early users of its Twitter alternative.
The report states that the new standalone app will be based on Instagram and integrate with the decentralized social media protocol ‘ActivityPub’.
The project was earlier named Project 92. It is now also known as ‘Threads’ and Meta staff were recently shown a preview of the app, which will be based on Instagram.
The Twitter-like app would “theoretically allow users of the new app to take their accounts and followers with them to other apps that support ActivityPub, including Mastodon”.
According to Chris Cox, Meta’s Chief Product Officer, “We’re hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in running a platform they believe they can trust and rely on for delivery. “
During a company meeting, Cox reportedly said that the new app would be “our response to Twitter”. The company’s goals for the app were “security, ease of use, reliability” and to ensure that creators had a “stable place to build and grow their audience”.
In early March, Meta confirmed to the platformer that the company was “exploring a standalone decentralized social network for sharing text updates”.