Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s new social media app Threads has already racked up more than 150 million downloads. Launched as a rival to Elon Musk’s Twitter, the app allows users to post links, reply to and repost messages from other users. It’s similar to how Twitter works. Amidst all the chatter surrounding the new platform, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey took a swipe at Mark, who sent a follow request in the threads.
Jack posted a screenshot on Twitter, revealing Mark’s follow request. “So soon B,” Jack wrote in the caption.
Are threads blocked for EU based users?
Meanwhile, several EU-based users complained that they could not access Instagram’s Threads app via VPN. Meta soon confirmed that it was actually blocking such attempts due to privacy concerns.
“Threads is currently unavailable in most countries in Europe and we have taken additional measures to prevent access to it at this time. “Europe remains an incredibly important market for Meta, and we look forward to making Threads available here in the future,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.
Threads saw a decline in attention from users
Meanwhile, data from Sensor Tower and similar web sites revealed that threads have seen a decline in user attention. “We saw a drop in engagement over the weekend, and we estimate Monday Threads had 36.6 million active users on Android,” David Carr, senior insights manager at SimilarWeb, told CNBC. “Despite intense interest in testing the app at first, not every user is as used to visiting threads as they are with other social apps.”
A Meta spokesperson told Gizmodo, “Although it’s early days, we’re thrilled with the initial success of Threads, which has exceeded our expectations. We launched the app a week ago and our focus is on ensuring consistent performance, delivering new features and continuing to improve the experience in the coming months.