(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Elon Musk has taken aim at Mark Zuckerberg after Meta revealed a new app called “Threads” to challenge Twitter, and the rhetoric is getting nasty. “Zuck is a cu*k,” Musk tweeted before proposing a “literal d*ck measuring contest” between the two tech giants.
Meta’s Threads gained over 30 million users within the span of a single day. It will have a similar emphasis on public conversations like Twitter, which has led to some in the tech industry nicknaming the app the “Twitter killer.”
At the same time, Twitter continues to face turmoil after Musk’s acquisition of the platform. With the removal of some content moderation rules, as well as the creation of a paid process to gain verification, advertisers have grown skeptical and withdrawn due to allegations of impersonation, identity fraud, and hate speech.
Logistically, Twitter has also faced problems, with Musk even having to temporarily limit the number of tweets users on the platform could read. While this was justified by the claim that the move was meant to prevent scraping and data manipulation by artificial intelligence and other entities, the cause may stem from a failure to transfer away from Google Cloud.
Meta, the strongest company to compete with Twitter due to its size, has had setbacks in the race over artificial intelligence and even had to begin layoffs, but Threads could be a viable asset for the company going forward — assuming that there’s not a lawsuit from Musk against the company.
Previously, Musk tweeted that he was “up for a cage fight” with Meta’s CEO. Zuckerberg responded affirmatively with the location “Vegas Octagon,” the area used by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC president Dana White confirmed that both wished to participate but said there was no guarantee yet.
As the drama continues between these two captains of industry, a struggle about the future of social media and who will dominate it shall continue in the application marketplace.
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