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Meta develops new platform to rival Twitter

Meta is developing a new social media platform to rival Twitter, which could allow users to follow accounts they already follow on Instagram.

Such users may also be able to bring over followers from decentralised platforms such as Mastodon.

A spokesperson from Meta, the parent company of Facebook confirmed to the BBC that the platform was underway.

Meta’s chief product officer, Chris Cox said coding was underway on the platform.

The tech giant aims to release it soon, although no date was given. There is some speculations that it could be at the end of June.

According to The Verge, the internal codename for the app is Project 92 and its public name could be Threads, based on internal documents of Meta.

Developing an app to rival Twitter was highly anticipated, especially with criticisms trailing the management of the platform since Elon Musk secured the largest share of the company in 2012.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare