One of the top managers of Meta showed employees of the technological giant a preview of the future competitor of the social network Twitter during a meeting in the company. This is reported by The Verge.
The new standalone app will be based on Instagram and will integrate with the ActivityPub decentralized social media protocol. This is expected to allow users of the new app to transfer their accounts and followers to other apps that support ActivityPub, such as Mastodon.
The internal code name of the application is “Project 92”. But publicly it can get the name Threads. The upcoming app will use Instagram’s account system to auto-populate user information.
Meta product director Chris Cox called the project the company’s answer to Twitter.
“We’ve been hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in having a platform that is sanely run, that they believe that they can trust and rely upon for distribution,” he said.
According to him, the company’s goal in creating the application was, in particular, security, ease of use, and reliability. Coding the app started in January.
It was previously reported that Instagram is developing a text service, which will compete with Twitter, and may launch it as early as June.