The Twitter alternative like Mastodon might be offered by Meta in the future. Reportedly the social networking giant is in the early stages of developing an application codenamed P92 that would permit users to post text-based updates, and it’s about to support Mastodon’s social networking protocol called ActivityPub. Meta clarified that a decentralized social network is in the works at the company and told the publications:
“We’re trying to explore a standalone decentralized social network for sharing text updates. We believe there’s an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can be able to share timely updates about their dividends.”
P92 will take Instagram’s branding and will definitely permit users to register and log in using their Instagram credentials, as per the sources. The profile of the users would be populated with their Instagram account details if they try to use their login on the photo-sharing app. But as per the product brief MoneyControl saw, “data sharing from Instagram to P92 will be slightest, if not none” after the initial sign up.
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Since the app is decentralized, that means users can set up their own servers and set their own rules for content moderation. A source told MoneyControl that the application would permit users for broadcasting their posts to those on other servers, but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to follow each other, as well. If the app supports ActivityPub, though, people will likely expect it to be somewhat interoperable with Mastodon and other decentralized apps that use the protocol.
Meta is laced with a list of features it definitely desires the app to have, including tappable links for posts with:
- shareable pictures
- videos, as well as verification badges
The sources didn’t say whether the organization would be charging a fee for its badges as well, but it’s worth noting that Meta launched a $12-a-month paid verification service for Facebook and Instagram back in February. Users will have the capacity to leave comments and send private messages, but they might not be accessible in the first version of the app. And at this point, Meta is not quite sure whether to provide the masses the ability for resharing posts as they can on Twitter.
MoneyControl says it’s not quite clear whether the company has already initiated to build of the app, or if it’s still in the planning period of development. By the time it launches, it’s bound to have many more competitors to confront and cope with, since The offers have popped up by Twitter rivals to the users a substitute after Elon Musk took over in the previous year.