Elon Musk takes aim at Meta’s new Threads app

Elon Musk takes aim at Meta’s new Threads app

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  • Threads, Meta’s app designed to compete with Twitter, has now appeared on the App Store.
  • Meta’s chief product officer previously said users were looking for a “sanely run” platform.
  • Elon Musk fired that jibe back at Meta over its long list of users’ data Threads will collect.

Elon Musk returned a Meta executive’s jibe back at the company as its Twitter competition app Threads, nears release.

Discussing the new app in an all-hands meeting last month, Meta’s chief product officer appeared to take aim at Musk’s erratic behavior.

“We’ve been hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in having a platform that is sanely run,” he said — prompting cheers from Meta staff, The Verge reported.

Threads is now available for pre-download on the App Store; it’s slated to officially launch on Thursday.

Thank goodness they’re so sanely run,” Musk said of Meta this week, apparently sarcastically, in response to the news.

He was replying to a tweet from entrepreneur Mario Nawfal — whose account Musk is subscribed to — which disagreed with the “sanely run” barb and zeroed in on Meta’s data collection policy.

In the App Store, Threads is said to collect a lengthy list of users’ information, including financial info, identifiers, and “sensitive info.”

That also attracted criticism from Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, who tweeted: “All your Threads are belong to us.”

Meta did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Insider contacted Twitter for comment. The company responded with an automated message that didn’t address the inquiry.

The release of Threads comes less than a week after Musk’s latest controversial change at Twitter: to limit the number of tweets users can view, even if they pay the $8-a-month fee for Twitter Blue.

After Musk announced that unverified users would be limited to reading 600 tweets a day, many tried to sign up for similar apps instead, including Bluesky — which is backed by Dorsey and had to temporarily pause signups due to a surge in demand.

To add to that chaos, Insider’s Kali Hays reported that Musk and CEO Linda Yaccarino left employees in the dark over the rate-limit decision — leaving engineers scrambling over the July 4 holiday to fix “bad code.”

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