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  • Jul 07, 2023
  • 2 min read

Zuckerberg launched a new social network Threads - an analogue of Twitter

Elon Mask and Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire, has unveiled a new social media platform called Threads, which is seen as a rival to Twitter.

On the first day, Threads became the most downloaded app in Russia.

Roskomnadzor has not made the decision to block the new social network at this time.

Twitter is threatening to take legal action against Zuckerberg for creating a similar social media platform.

RBC reported that a new social network, Threads, was launched on Thursday, which is being positioned as a competitor to Twitter. Threads was created using Instagram as a base, and users of this social network can transfer their personal data, avatar, and subscriptions from Instagram.

Threads has been a huge success, with Mark Zuckerberg reporting that over 10 million users signed up for the app in the first seven hours. On Thursday, it was revealed that the application had taken first place in the top 100 most downloaded iOS apps in Russia, and a similar position on iOS and in the US.

Threads is touted as having one of its main advantages being the integration of the new social network with Instagram, which has a user base of 2 billion people. This is significantly larger than the user base of its competitor, Twitter, which is about eight times smaller.

On Threads, you can post, reply to, like, and share other people's posts on your profile. The maximum number of characters in one message is 500, and the maximum video length is 5 minutes. On Twitter, these figures are 4 thousand characters and 2 minutes 20 seconds, respectively.

RBC correspondent has confirmed that Threads is only accessible through a VPN in Russia. Roskomnadzor previously announced that they had no plans to block Threads, and its future in Russia will be determined by the implementation of relevant laws.

German Klimenko, the founder of LiveInternet, is skeptical that Threads will be successful in Russia. He pointed out that Twitter, which is widely used in the West, has never gained much traction in Russia.

A lawyer from Twitter has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, accusing his billionaire company of poaching employees to create a similar social network, as well as unlawfully using Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property. Elon Musk's company has made it clear that they are prepared to take legal action if necessary.

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