Meta is working on a decentralized social app

If there is a social media phenomenon that is gaining popularity, Meta will try to get involved. We’ve seen the company copy different types of formats from stories to short videos after seeing the success of other platforms. Now the company, led by Mark Zuckerberg, is working on a decentralized text-based app.

Meta confirmed this development in a statement, but did not provide any information about the app’s planned release.

“We are investigating an independent decentralized social network to share text updates. We believe there is an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests,” said a spokesperson for Meta.

This new decentralized app, codenamed P92, is still in development, Money Control first reported. According to documents seen by the Post, the app allows users to log in with their Instagram credentials. This can annoy people who don’t want to share this data with another meta-application.

According to a platform report, the project will be overseen by Instagram boss Adam Mosseri. The company is already hiring the legal team to resolve privacy issues before launching the app, the report said.

Meta’s move is seen as an attempt to build an alternative to Twitter or a competitor to Mastodon. The latter became popular after Elon Musk took over Twitter. The decentralized network is part of Fediverse, a network of decentralized servers that support the ActivityPub protocol. According to MoneyControl, the new meta-app will also support ActivityPub, making it easier to connect to other instances like Mastodon.

There are many other tools that have implemented (or plan to implement) ActivityPub support, including Tumblr, Flipboard, and Flickr.

But decentralization is not limited to this protocol. Developed by Jack Dorsey, Bluesky released its iOS app in beta last week. And messaging apps like Rocket.chat have adopted the Matrix protocol.

However, former Twitter engineer Blaine Cook told TechCrunch last year that the existence of competing protocols is a good thing.

“I think the diversity of protocols is important, just like the diversity of applications that are built on top of the protocols. With that in mind, I firmly believe that interoperability between ActivityPub and Bluesky won’t be difficult. For example, the only thing that prevented interoperability between the Twitter and Facebook timelines was the protectionist policies of these companies,” he said.

It’s important to remember that Meta has tried to create new apps and experiences that haven’t always been successful. In recent years, he’s seen experiments such as the teen anonymous app tbh, the cameo app Super, the Nextdoor clone Neighborhoods, the couples app Tuned, the student-centric social network Campus, the video speed-dating service Sparked, and the TikTok Lasso clone. , to name a few, little undone. So it won’t be surprising if the new decentralized experience stops working a few years after launch.

Source: La Neta Neta

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