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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Elon Musk’s Reaction to Meta’s Plans for Twitter-Rival

Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, has been making headlines once again after his recent actions towards Twitter and its potential competitors.

Musk recently converted Twitter’s free API access for developers into a paid service, and reportedly suspended the accounts of Indian rival, Koo, and federated app, Mastodon. Now, Musk is expressing his discontent with reports of Meta’s plans to launch a Twitter rival. He even went as far as mocking Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, calling him a “copycat” in response to the news.

According to reports, Meta is planning to create a standalone app for sharing text-based content, codenamed P92. The app will be based on ActivityPub, a decentralized social networking protocol, and users will be able to log in using their Instagram credentials. A Meta spokesperson stated that the app will provide a space for creators and public figures to share timely updates about their interests.

In other Twitter news, the social media platform experienced a recent outage that affected thousands of users, particularly in the US. The reason behind the outage was revealed to be a mistake made by a Twitter engineer who was solely responsible for managing the app’s API. The engineer’s “bad configuration change” caused the API to break, resulting in the cryptic message that users saw on their feeds.

These recent events surrounding Elon Musk and Twitter highlight the ongoing competition and changes within the social media industry. As Twitter moves towards a paid API service and Meta plans to enter the market, it will be interesting to see how Musk and other industry leaders respond.

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