Meta announces work on a new social network
The California giant is developing a new app whose description makes it a potential competitor to Twitter in the future.
According to Meta, the new app will be designed to interoperate with other networks of the same type.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, announced on Friday that it is working on a new social network whose description appears to make it a potential future competitor to Twitter.
“We are thinking about a decentralized and independent social network that allows the exchange of written messages in real time,” the group said in a statement sent to AFP, confirming the information published by the Platformer site.
The new app will be designed to interoperate with other networks of the same type, such as Mastodon, which gained relative popularity after Twitter was taken over by billionaire Elon Musk last October, the latter said.
Mastodon operates through decentralized servers with no central control or decision-making authority. Thus, it will be a major breakthrough with the strategy used so far by the tech giants, who have always preferred to work in a closed environment and with their own rules of use.
Loss of speed
The announcement comes as Twitter began to lose momentum after Mr. Musk took over, laying off more than half of his staff.
Among the decisions made by the major shareholder of Tesla and SpaceX, the return to the platform of controversial personalities who were banned for speaking in a way that was deemed offensive worried most of the site’s main advertisers, who have since announced social distancing.
The network also regularly falls victim to technical failures. The choice of compatibility provided by Meta also stands out from Twitter’s approach to the matter: in December, Elon Musk briefly suspended the accounts of several users who shared links to other social networks, including Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon.
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