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Threads, An Instagram App From Meta, Faces Privacy Controversies Ahead Of Launch

author-img By Ankita Tripathy 5 Mins Read 11 September 2023

Threads, An Instagram App From Meta

Threads, an Instagram app that competes with Twitter, is already available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, suggesting that it will soon go live. However, the new microblogging network has generated a privacy scandal with its privacy policy just before the formal release.

According to the official Apple App Store listing, Meta’s Threads may gather information on browsing history, contacts, location, usage, search history, identifiers, financial data, health, fitness, and other sensitive data.

2020 saw the introduction of privacy labels by Apple, which mandated that all app developers disclose the data they gather. Apple then makes this information available in a new, simple-to-read label format.

Users can clearly see how much data an app may collect thanks to this Apple feature. All Apple devices and services, including iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, come with privacy labels.

The App Store page for Instagram Threads, a Twitter rival from Meta, indicates that the app will debut on July 6th with an iPhone-compatible version. The Google Play Store also looks to have an early listing, which first appeared over the weekend, according to Sleuths.

A launch date teaser has also been published by Meta to the Instagram app. The search bar displays a ticket icon when you type “threads” (or any of a range of other phrases) into the search box. When you tap it, a spinning ticket with your Instagram username and a local launch time that has been converted from 10 a.m. ET on the 6th appears. The spinning ticket also has a QR code that connects to threads.net, which appears to be the online home page for the brand-new social media platform.

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Ankita Tripathy

Ankita Tripathy loves to write about food and the Hallyu Wave in particular. During her free time, she enjoys looking at the sky or reading books while sipping a cup of hot coffee. Her favourite niches are food, music, lifestyle, travel, and Korean Pop music and drama.

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