LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Facebook owner, Meta, has revealed plans for a text-based social network that will compete with Twitter.
Users could follow accounts on Instagram, Meta’s image-sharing program, on the Twitter-like site if they already do so.
Additionally, they could be able to recruit users from other decentralized networks, like Mastodon, to their platform.
The platform is currently being coded, according to the chief product officer of Meta.
Although no specific date was provided, the tech giant hopes to release it shortly. Some people think it might happen as soon as the end of June.
Online screenshots that were shown to staff members internally may have provided a sense of how the app will appear.
The BBC has been informed by company sources that these stolen screenshots are real. If so, anyone who has used Twitter will be familiar with the design of this new site.
The text-based network, whose working name is P92, may end up being more of a Twitter competitor than either BlueSky or Mastodon.
It’s challenging to develop a community from scratch on a new social network despite the fact that both have drawn users turned off by Twitter.
However, there are many people using Instagram. Though its numbers can no longer be independently verified, Meta claims to have about two billion users, much exceeding Twitter’s estimated 300 million users.
P92, which will probably have a sexier name when it launches, will quickly surpass its more established competition if it can persuade even 25% of Instagram users to use it.
Although others may not be as kind, Meta claims that it draws “inspiration” from other businesses; for example, Stories on Facebook was modeled on a Snapchat feature, and Reels on Instagram is eerily similar to TikTok.
Twitter moderation is said to have decreased under Mr. Musk, which opponents claim has allowed misinformation to spread more widely.
Since taking office in October 2022, Mr. Musk claims there has been “less misinformation rather than more.”