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Twitter or Threads?

Twitter or Threads?

By RZR News Team
Jul 14, 2023

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Analysis

The latest clash between tech giants Meta and Twitter underscores a more serious battle for data privacy and political freedom than one may initially believe. 

Social media giant Facebook has a notorious track record when it comes to data extraction. The company seemingly, on a recurrent basis, hoarded personal information to sell to the highest bidder or to dish out to the U.S. government at its discretion. Threads, with its promises of open communication and free speech, likely may just be another tool to be yielded to harvest more valuable data.

This latest effort is grounded in Elon Musk’s rebranding of Twitter as a champion of minimally restricted online speech. Facebook, with its platform limitations and content restrictions, finds itself threatened by this newfound perception of Twitter as a bastion of free speech.

Threads, conveniently launched by Facebook just as the Elon Musk-Twitter love affair started to heat up, appears to be its Trojan Horse. By offering an alternative to Twitter, Facebook aims to undermine Musk’s attempts to redefine the social media landscape. 

Threads seems to be undoubtedly designed to collect even more personal data about its users. From one’s interests and conversations to your location and browsing habits, Facebook wants it all. It is no wonder why Meta decided to connect Instagram to Threads – it wants an amalgamation of all data with the inability of users to escape without deleting both accounts, something few would want to do.

While Elon Musk’s Twitter revolution might not be perfect, it represents a glimmer of hope for a freer, more open online platform. Meta’s pushing of Threads appears to threaten this progress.

Do not fall for the allure of convenience of this new Threads app without questioning the underlying motives behind Meta’s unhinged aggressiveness moving into this space. 

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Meta has announced a new social media called Threads after Elon Musk instituted view limits on Twitter. Threads is an app that requires one to have an Instagram and hopes to attract users who are displeased with the viewership limits on Twitter. When the Threads app launched, it attracted 30 million sign-ups within hours. 

As of now, Threads have expanded character counts up to 500 characters, no paid tier so there’s no need to pay for verification, users can only post through the app, can only search for accounts and no direct messages. Although still a work in progress, Threads serves at least a couple of benefits that twitter doesn’t. However, it’s too new to be able to determine if it’s going to replace Twitter. 

There will always be launching of new social media apps for users to hop on that will be popular amongst future generations. If Twitter keeps making changes that its users find to be unpopular and refuses to evolve on how its users can make and access content in order to maintain relevance, then on its own will its popularity slowly fizzle out.   

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On July 6, 2023, Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg launched a new social media app named Threads. This social media app is centered around texting and is a direct rival to Twitter, the social media platform owned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

While Twitter is starting to be seen as a political warzone, Threads is giving the impression that the app is a place where like-minded people can come together and build a community without the threat of those that disagree with them. So while Musk’s Twitter is catering to many right-wing political figures, Zuckerberg’s Threads is going for a more inclusive approach.

It seems to be working because Threads got over 30 million downloads within its first 18 hours of being launched. While Twitter still has a little over 400 million downloads, it is highly probable that Threads will surpass Twitter in popularity as long as Threads makes a conscious effort to do what it said it would do.

Because of Elon Musk’s numerous modifications to Twitter, it has lost its popularity in recent months. This puts Twitter at a disadvantage in trying to stay relevant and sought-after as a social media platform. However, Threads could easily face the circumstances in the foreseeable future.

Every social media platform has the potential to fuel political warfare because of the way those apps are designed. If Zuckerberg shows any sign of bias towards a certain group of people, then it could ruin the image that he wants Threads to have. As long as the app is as objective and impartial as it could possibly be, Threads will more than likely surpass Twitter as the social media app to use. 

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Do you remember in school when you were in a fit of bad luck and in a desperate move you copied off someone else, hoping nobody would notice? And then if you got caught, you would play dumb and blame the other kid, or they would blame you? Well in a nutshell, that is playing out right between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg in an ongoing legal battle between Twitter and Threads

According to a tweet from Elon Musk, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.” An accurate guidepost to life and business and how to maintain a sense of ethics in both. However, Musk seems to be taking Zuckerberg to court because he thinks Twitter is being ripped off and he is losing users to Threads. 

However, part of what has angered Twitter users since Musk took over is the new owner’s Laissez-Faire policy when it comes to Twitter content oversight. Therefore one could argue Musk is not following his own ideals when it comes to Laissez-faire policy.

In principle, Laissez-faire lets the market or in this case, the users of the internet public forums determine their own preferred platforms. Therefore Musk’s throwing a fit over the loss of users violates his previous ideas of Laissez-faire, making it seem like he is what one may call a “cafeteria capitalist.” 

The term “cafeteria___” refers to someone who claims to identify with a certain group or ideology, in this case, Musk and Laissez-faire, but in reality, wants to pick and choose what they like, instead of subscribing to the whole ideology. 

Musk therefore may be right about Zuckerberg’s theft of ideas, but at the same time, Musk in some ways is turning around on his own previously stated set of principles when he does not get his way, or something starts to affect him negatively.

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