Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, says that 10 million people signed up for the Threads app in its first 7 hours.
He talked about the Threads app as a “friendly” competitor to Twitter, which Elon Musk bought in October.
Experts say that Twitter users who don’t like the new changes to the site might be interested in Threads.
Users can post up to 500 characters on Threads, and it has many features that are like Twitter.
Mr. Zuckerberg had said earlier that making the site “friendly” would be the key to its success in the long run.
But Mr. Musk said, “It is far better to be attacked by strangers on Twitter than to pretend to be happy on Instagram, where you can hide your pain.”
When asked on Threads if the app will be “bigger than Twitter,” Mark Zuckerberg said, “It’ll take some time, but I think there should be a public conversations app with 1 billion or more people on it.” Also, he said, ”Twitter has had the chance to do this, but they haven’t done it right. We certainly hope so.”
Competitors have said that the app could use a lot of data. According to the Apple App Store, this could include information about a user’s health, finances, and what sites they visit.
Threads can now be downloaded in more than 100 countries, including the UK, but not yet in the EU due to worries about regulations.