Written by: euronews with ap
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, announces work on a new social network
Facebook parent company Meta has announced that it is working on a new social platform to “share text messages” in a project considered a potential competitor to Twitter.
Since billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter in October, the platform has suffered disruptions, layoffs, and advertisers have stopped dealing with it due to a lack of content oversight.
But so far, no major alternative to Twitter has emerged, forcing world leaders, politicians, celebrities and companies to continue communicating through the platform for lack of other options.
After reports published by the “Platformer” and “Money Control” news sites, Meta confirmed on Friday that it had started working on the new platform.
“We are exploring a separate and decentralized social network for sharing text messages,” the US group said in a brief statement.
Media reports stated that the new “Meta” application will use interoperable technology with the “Mastodon” network and other platforms.
This would be a clear departure from the usual practice for the tech giants, with platforms such as Instagram and YouTube continuing to operate using the company’s servers under strict rules.
Mastodon operates using decentralized computing servers with no central administration or authority responsible.
In December, Musk briefly banned Twitter accounts that provided links to other social platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.