Twitter rival Threads launched, Elon Musk, Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are now shadow-boxing on social media
Rumoured and leaked for long, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter rival Threads is here. And as the new app launches, Zuckerberg, Twitter Boss Elon Musk and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey are already throwing proverbial punches at each other on their respective social media sites.
- Threads is a text-based social media app similar to Twitter.
- Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls Threads a friendly place for everyone, unlike Twitter.
- Elon Musk mocks Threads calling it a copy of Twitter.
“We’re only in the opening moments of the first round here” — this is how Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced his latest social media app called Threads. Built to rival Twitter — and likely built by mirroring the core user interface and functionality of Twitter — Threads is a companion app to Instagram. At a time when Twitter under Elon Musk is facing existential risk, Threads is also a potential Twitter killer. The reality is not lost on Musk. Or for that matter, on Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder who earlier helped sell his website to Musk and yet seems to somehow still feel attached to his baby. In fact, it was Dorsey who fired the first salvo a few days ago.
On July 4 when it became apparent that Zuckerberg had brought the launch of Threads forward to cash in on Twitter’s Rate Limit problems, Dorsey raised the spectre of privacy and data surveillance.
In a tweet, Dorsey posted a screenshot from the Threads app — which was visible on the Apple App Store — showing all the data that the app will collect from its users. As it happens with apps created by Zuckerberg & company, Threads is also thirsty for user data. Dorsey in his tweet said, “All your Threads are belong to us.”