Meta Developing Text-Based Social Network App to Rival Twitter and Mastodon
Facebook's parent company Meta is reportedly developing a new standalone, text-based social network app that will rival Twitter and Mastodon. According to Moneycontrol, Meta has confirmed the news and the app, codenamed P92, will be branded with Instagram's logo and allow users to log in with their Instagram credentials.
The app will include features such as tappable links in posts with previews, user bio, username, verification badges, images, and videos. It will also have functionalities such as followers and likes, but it is uncertain whether commenting and messaging features will be available in the product’s first version. Meta is also considering the ability to reshare content like Twitter, but only for business and creator accounts.
The dev team is debating the potential of permitting the redistribution of content, akin to Twitter, but solely for business and creator accounts. The MVP will incorporate a rights manager for content created by the company itself, but not content from external applications and servers. As the app is decentralized, users can create their own servers and establish their own guidelines for moderating content.
It is unclear when the app will be released, but the development team is currently in the early stages of development. It is also worth noting that Meta launched a $12-a-month paid verification service for Facebook and Instagram back in February, and it is uncertain whether the company will be charging a fee for its badges as well.
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