Meta, Mark Zuckerberg’s company, is contemplating developing a standalone, text-based social network. This social media network might compete with Twitter.
The concept of a standalone text-based network
There is “potential” for a “decentralized social network,” according to Meta, which has stated that it is “exploring” the concept. Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook are all owned by Meta. We’re investigating the possibility of a standalone, decentralized social network, according to a Meta spokesperson who talked to the BBC. Basically, this network is for exchanging text messages.
According to the Meta spokesperson, we feel there is a chance for a distinct space. In their own areas, the public and artists may provide current updates about their interests. The foundation for Meta’s app will be the same as that used by Mastodon.
It is a service similar to Twitter that was first introduced in 2016. A timeline or anticipated release date for the app has not yet been provided by Meta.
Instagram’s branded app
The new application will have the Instagram brand, according to a report from Money Control, which broke the news. Users will also be able to sign in using their existing Instagram credentials. It is really anticipated that the platform will enable Activity Pub, a standalone social networking protocol. Mastodon is one of the Twitter competitors that already uses it.
Elon Musk referred to Zuckerberg as a copycat
Elon Musk appeared to take a jab at Zuckerberg over the news, dubbing him a “copycat” in a tweet. He is the owner and CEO of Twitter. Users are asking Musk why Zuckerberg would decide to “create a rival to Twitter.” Musk responded to a comment by writing “copy” and a cat emoji.
The statement from Meta comes as a number of Twitter substitutes have gained popularity. It is in the wake of Musk’s billionaire takeover of the social media network. The day it was first announced that Musk would be taking charge was October 28. On that day, there was a rise in searches for the term “Twitter alternatives.” This was according to a report by Sky News.
Other sites that compete with Twitter
It was stated that during the early and middle of November, downloads for Mastodon and Hive Social frequently increased. Mastodon and Hive Social are two competing social networks for Twitter. Decentralized and composed on several servers, Mastodon is a social media platform. This platform is especially structured around particular themes, subjects, or hobbies. Users can join servers, follow one another, and converse with one another. The users engage in all kinds of activities that one could anticipate on a social network like Twitter.
The founder of Mastodon, Eugen Rochko, said back in December that millions of new users had joined in recent weeks. At the time, he claimed in a statement that Mastodon had recently experienced an explosion in popularity. It goes from roughly 300,000 monthly active users to 2.5 million between the months of October and November. This is because more and more journalists, politicians, writers, actors, and organizations switched to it.
In the meantime, Jack Dorsey, a co-founder of Twitter and its former CEO, unveiled Bluesky, a decentralized social network. The new social network was recently released on the App Store. But it is presently only accessible via invitation. This is because it is still considered to be in “private beta” status. According to Dorsey, his newest endeavor will be “a rival to any firm,” as he previously stated. Dorsey was attempting to control the core principles of social media or the user’s data.
Elon Musk does not seem to like some healthy competition, judging from appearances. He stopped allowing developers free access to Twitter’s API and changed it to a paid service. It became clear that he meant what he said. He allegedly also suspended Twitter rival Koo’s account from India after assuming control of the service. Not only that, but Mastodon’s access to the microblogging service was also suspended.
And now Musk is upset since it was just reported that Meta was going to build a standalone platform. This social media platform will compete with Twitter. This standalone, decentralized social network for text updates may pose a serious threat to Twitter. Meta would be able to benefit from the present upheaval at the Elon Musk-led corporation by using Twitter-like software. It’s because cost-cutting has been popular there. Since Musk took control of the website late last year, Twitter has had trouble maintaining its advertising base. Twitter decides to reinstate suspended accounts. Furthermore, they rolled out a paid account verification that led to scammers impersonating businesses, and businesses have reduced their expenditure. Meta revealed this development in a statement but did not specify when the app would be available.