BIG TECH BRAWL! Anti-Free Speech Facebook Challenges Twitter Online

July 6th, 2023 3:40 PM

Meta’s new “text-based conversation app” seeks to challenge Elon Musk’s Twitter in the next battle in the war between the Big Tech social media platforms.

The new app, Threads, debuted Wednesday appearing on Apple’s App Store. The app will link to Instagram, Meta’s photo-sharing app.  “Whether you’re a creator or a casual poster, Threads offers a new, separate space for real-time updates and public conversations. We are working toward making  Threads compatible with the open, interoperable social networks that we believe can shape the future of the internet,” reads the Meta announcement blog.

“First tech titan owners challenged each other to a real-life, MMA-style brawl,” said MRC Free Speech America Director Michael Morris, “but now it appears that battle has returned to the digital octagon. In one corner, we have the Twitter owner who purchased the platform and appears to be pushing Silicon Valley toward free speech in what he called the ‘digital town square.’ And in the other corner, we have the Meta owner who once promoted the notion of free speech at Georgetown University but continues to wield a massive censorship hammer to crush user speech online. Musk should continue leaning into free speech to provide an alternative to censorship, and since Zuckerberg seems so keen on copying Musk’s moves, he should make a move to his previous pro-free speech ways.” 

The new Meta app is looking to capitalize on rival Twitter’s conversation-based design and potentially win over new users, especially since some of Musk’s recent pro-free speech changes at Twitter have appeared to enrage some on the left. Recent quota limitations for nonsubscribers, a temporary block on unregistered users and an upcoming TweetDeck paywall have also seemingly opened the way for Thread’s launch.

But Threads’ reputation is already under fire as a data security hazard, as TechCrunch has labeled the new app a “privacy nightmare.”

“Information provided about the app’s privacy via mandatory disclosures required on iOS shows the app may collect highly sensitive information about users in order to profile their digital activity — including health and financial data, precise location, browsing history, contacts, search history and other sensitive information,” TechCrunch reported. 

The app’s inadequate protection of user privacy has reportedly prevented the app from launching in the EU.

“Bringing Meta’s surveillance ads business into compliance with EU law is going to require a sea-change in how it operates — one which does not appear to be its plan with Threads, given it’s presenting more of the same data-grabbing attention farming that’s gained Mark Zuckerberg’s empire such a toxic rep it had to undergo an expensive corporate rebrand to Meta in recent years,” TechCrunch added.

The new rivalry appears personal for Musk and Zuckerberg. Last month, both tech CEOs agreed to a cage fight.

Musk first joked on Twitter that he was “up to a cage match” against Zuckerberg, and the latter agreed to the match on Instagram. “Send Me Location,” Zuckerberg responded

MRC Free Speech America reported that a Meta spokesperson said Zuckerberg was serious about the fight. “The story speaks for itself,” Meta Senior Communications Director Iska Saric said. Musk responded to the comments by saying in a tweet, “Vegas Octagon,” a reference to the UFC’s fighting stage.

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