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Meta’s Threads feature tests decentralization 2023

Some new features are being tested out at Meta’s. What are they up to?

Meta's Threads feature tests decentralization 2023

Decentralization on the horizon

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, recently announced a significant move for the platform’s Threads feature. In an effort to embrace interoperability, Threads is undergoing testing to make its posts available on Mastodon and other ActivityPub-supporting services. This step toward decentralization aims to offer users more choices in how they interact and to broaden the reach of shared content.

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Stepping into Fediverse

The notion of joining the fediverse, a decentralized social media landscape encompassing services like Mastodon and Pixelfed, has been on Threads’ agenda from its inception. Instagram head, Adam Mosseri, emphasized the importance of decentralization in staying relevant for emerging creators who value independence and flexibility in platform choice.

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Meta’s pledge to interoperability

Mark Zuckerberg has consistently advocated for increased interoperability among different services, believing it benefits users and the platforms themselves. Threads previously took a step towards this goal by allowing account verification through Mastodon in August. Although this wasn’t a full decentralization feature, it signaled Meta’s willingness to engage positively with the fediverse.

Threads tests the waters

Despite skepticism about Meta’s commitment to federate Threads, the ongoing testing indicates a shift toward more openness. While the current test might cover a specific aspect of a federated social network, like posting from Mastodon to Threads, it underscores Meta’s dedication to ActivityPub and its willingness to integrate into the broader open social web.

As Threads navigates these interoperability tests, Meta is making strides toward a more decentralized future, acknowledging the changing landscape of user expectations and the importance of adaptability in the world of social media.

Meta's Threads feature tests decentralization 2023

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