The platform offers its users more text in a post than Twitter, but privacy issues have delayed its EU launch.
(Al Jazeera) – Meta has officially launched Threads, its text-based rival to Twitter.
The app went live on Wednesday on Apple and Android app stores in more than 100 countries, although its release in Europe has been delayed over data privacy concerns.
“Let’s do this. Welcome to Threads,” Meta Chief Executive and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his first post on the new platform, which will run with no ads for now.
Here is what you need to know about the Threads platform:
Is Threads simply a clone of Twitter?
In some ways, yes. Much like Twitter, the new app features short text posts that users can like, share and reply to although some of the wording has been changed with retweets called “reposts” and tweets called “threads”.
Posts can be up to 500 characters long, almost double that of a tweet, and can include links, photos and videos up to five minutes long, according to a Meta blog post.
One major difference from Twitter is Threads does not include any direct messaging capabilities.