Meta is working on a new social media app that could rival Twitter, according to a report by The Verge. The app, internally called Project 92, was recently shown to employees of the company and uses the ActivityPub social networking protocol.
ActivityPub is an open standard that allows users to communicate across different platforms and services. It is the same protocol that powers Mastodon, a decentralized and federated alternative to Twitter that has gained popularity among some users who value privacy and freedom of expression.
Project 92 is still in early development and may not launch publicly anytime soon (If they do, it could be called Threads, according to The Verge). However, it does show Meta’s interest in exploring new ways of connecting people online, especially after its rebranding from Facebook and its ambitious vision of building the metaverse.
Meta has not officially confirmed or commented on Project 92. However, the company has previously expressed its support for interoperability and open standards in social media. In 2019, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post outlining his vision for a more privacy-focused future of social networking, where users can seamlessly switch between different apps and services without losing their data or contacts.
Project 92 could be Meta’s first step towards realizing that vision, or it could be another experiment that never sees the light of day.
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