In the future, Meta might provide a Mastodon-like alternative to Twitter, according to MoneyControl and Platformer.
The social networking behemoth is apparently in the early stages of creating an app with the codename P92 that will support Mastodon’s ActivityPub social networking protocol and allow users to post text-based updates. The company is developing a decentralised social network, according to Meta, who told the media:
“For exchanging text updates, we’re investigating a standalone decentralised social network. We think there is a need for a dedicated area where prominent personalities and creators may post timely updates about their interests.”
According to the sources, P92 would have Instagram branding and allow users to register and check in using their Instagram credentials. If users log in with their Instagram credentials, their Instagram account information will be added to their profile.
But, following the initial signup, “info transfer from Instagram to P92 will be minimal, if not none,” according to the product brief MoneyControl received.
Users can set up their own servers and establish their own policies for content filtering because the programme is decentralised. MoneyControl was informed by a source that the programme will enable users to broadcast their posts to others on other servers, though it is unclear if they will also be able to follow one another.
But, if the app supports ActivityPub, users would probably anticipate some level of compatibility with Mastodon and other decentralised apps that utilise the protocol.
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The app should have the following capabilities, according to Meta: shareable images and videos, tappable links for posts with previews, and verification badges.
Although the sources did not specify whether the business will charge for its badges as well, it’s important to remember that Meta back in February introduced a $12 per month paid verification service for Facebook and Instagram.
The option for users to post comments and send private messages will be present, although they might not be in the app’s initial release. At this time, Meta is debating whether to allow users to share posts on other platforms like Twitter.
According to MoneyControl, it’s unclear whether the corporation has actually begun developing the app or if it is still in the planning stages. By the time it launches, it will undoubtedly face a number of additional opponents because, ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter last year, Twitter competitors have been springing up to provide people with an alternative.
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