July 7 – It looks like there could be quite a war brewing between the social media giants Meta and Twitter.
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta and Facebook, launched Threads, a new social media platform that seems rather remarkably similar to Twitter.
Twitter has taken some hits since Elon Musk purchased the company last year. Changes to the platform have frustrated some users.
Could this new Threads be, as some are suggesting, the “Twitter killer?”
Add to all this the fact that Twitter is threatening a lawsuit over the seemingly copycat nature of Threads and the future for social media could be quite interesting.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The rollout I think exceeded all expectations. Going into last night, Meta, Facebook said that they had enrolled over 30 million new subscribers in the first day. Yesterday was the first day this was active on the app stores. I just heard this morning they’re now saying they’ve eclipsed over 50 million people in less than 24 hours and that number is just rising by the minute. There’s some talk that maybe Zuckerberg is even going to have a press conference later today. But in the midst of all this, Elon Musk’s attorneys have sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook threatening a lawsuit.”
Musk is claiming that Facebook hired some of the laid off or fired Twitter engineers and he used them to re-engineer or reverse engineer this Threads application to compete with Twitter.
Barkdoll pointed out, “Now Meta issued a press release last night saying they have no former Twitter engineers working on this project, but it looks like this very well could be headed into court. In the meantime, Threads is off and running. I mean, nothing is going to stop it at this point.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “I’m concerned about this because I have a feeling this is just yet another way to keep us in our divided camps. I think leftist users will migrate over to Threads, Twitter will lose that diversity of viewpoint and we now have everybody just in their own little camps, bashing each other again. I plan to actually use both because I want to post the same things to both and see what happens to them because when Zuckerberg says it’s going to be an open and friendly site, how does he define friendly I wonder? It sounds like censorship to me.”
Barkdoll said, “All the reviews on this Threads is saying how user friendly it is, too, very intuitive, very simple to use. Here would be an idea that someone can make a fortune on, could you invent the software that would somehow migrate your Twitter feed over to Threads without having to re-input it all. Whoever invents that will make an absolute fortune. Wall Street Journal was also reporting on this this morning. Advertisers are already calling Meta. They want to get on that platform. They are seeing this maybe as the new social media thing that’s going to eclipse Twitter very shortly.”