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Facebook-parent Meta planning to launch Twitter rival

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 March 2023, 11:35 IST
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Los Angeles: Elon Musk's Twitter could soon face new competition from Facebook-owned Meta. Meta Platforms Inc is considering launching a new Twitter-like social network.

"We're exploring a standalone, decentralized social network for sharing text updates," a Meta spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.

"We believe there's an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests." The rep said the company had no additional info on the prospective social network to share.

News site Moneycontrol first reported on the potential Meta service, which is code-named "P92." The new Meta app would be based on -- and interoperable with -- the framework that powers Mastodon, a Twitter-like service that launched in 2016 and has seen a surge in popularity since Musk's takeover of Twitter last October. Meanwhile, Meta recently took another page from Musk's Twitter playbook.

Last month, the tech giant began rolling out Meta Verified, a subscription service for Facebook and Instagram users that includes a verified blue check-mark badge -- just like Twitter Blue -- as well as other perks.


First published: 11 March 2023, 11:35 IST