Taliban cites two reasons why Meta’s Threads “cannot replace” Twitter.
The influential Haqqani Network of the Afghan Taliban has stated its support for Twitter during the current Twitter vs. Threads controversy. Two benefits of Twitter over other social media platforms are freedom of expression and Twitter’s public character and legitimacy, according to Anas Haqqani, a key Taliban commander in Kabul. According to Haqqani, the Haqqani Network prefers Twitter because of its liberal approach to content control compared to other sites like Meta.
Haqqani praised Twitter’s rules, saying, “The freedom of expression is the first privilege. The credibility and public character of Twitter constitute the second privilege.
“Unlike Meta, Twitter doesn’t have an intolerant policy. Other systems cannot take its place.
In contrast, only five days after its inception, Meta’s Twitter competitor Threads surpassed 100 million subscribers. As the consumer product with the quickest growth rate in history, Threads has surpassed ChatGPT. With the goal of being “the public conversation app with 1 billion people on it,” Threads was introduced on July 6, 2023.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, said that most of the social networking app’s demand is “organic” and that many promotions haven’t even been activated yet.
“Threads reached 100 million sign-ups over the weekend,” Zuckerberg said in a post. The majority of that demand is organic, and we haven’t even started running many deals. I can’t believe just five days have passed.
Twitter threatens Thread with legal action
Tens of millions of people have downloaded Meta’s new text-based program, Threads, since it launched last week as a competitor to Elon Musk’s social networking platform. Twitter has threatened legal action against Meta over this.
Alex Spiro, an attorney for Twitter, accused Meta of illegally utilizing Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property by enlisting former Twitter workers to develop a “copycat” software in a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.
The move, which targets individuals looking for Twitter alternatives in light of the modifications Musk has made to the site since purchasing it for $44 billion last year, heightens tensions between the major social media players after Threads made its debut on Wednesday.
It was said on Threads on Thursday by Meta representative Andy Stone: “No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing.”
Spiro said in the letter that Twitter “intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights” and mentioned the company’s right to ask for legal remedies or a court order. The news website Semafor broke the story first on Thursday.