Instagram’s Threads app has gained over 100 million users in under five days, surpassing the growth rate of ChatGPT and other popular apps. However, its availability in Europe is uncertain due to data privacy concerns and conflicts with the EU’s regulations. Meanwhile, Twitter has faced technical issues and controversies since Elon Musk acquired the platform, and Threads’ connection to Instagram’s extensive user base has contributed to its rapid growth. The rivalry between Musk and Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg has escalated, with Musk threatening to sue Meta and proposing a “penis-measuring contest.”
Twitter threatened to sue Meta over alleged trade secret theft as Meta launched Threads, a competitor to Elon Musk-owned Twitter, which garnered millions of downloads. The rivalry between Zuckerberg and Musk intensified, while users expressed both excitement and privacy concerns about the new platform.
Elon Musk met with China’s industry minister to discuss the development of new energy vehicles and intelligent connected vehicles. Tesla has extensive business interests in China, and Musk expressed his desire to expand further in the country. China is the world’s largest electric vehicle market, and Tesla plans to build a second factory in Shanghai. Musk also expressed opposition to economic “decoupling” between China and the United States.
Scientists are abandoning Twitter due to an increase in insults, hate, and misinformation related to climate change following Elon Musk’s takeover. Researchers have experienced amplified abuse and a decline in engagement on the platform, leading them to seek alternative social networks. Experts suggest that organized resistance against climate reform is on the rise, with opponents orchestrating campaigns of misinformation. Some scientists have shifted their communication to platforms like Substack and Mastodon, which offer a more thoughtful and less abusive environment for discussing climate science.
Elon Musk has announced that he has hired a new CEO to replace him at Twitter and its parent company, X Corporation. Musk’s running of Twitter has faced criticism, and he plans to transition to the role of executive chair and chief technology officer. The move comes after an unscientific Twitter poll in which the majority voted for Musk to step down as CEO.
Elon Musk announced that Twitter is cancelling inactive accounts, aiming to boost engagement and monetization. The move follows Musk’s efforts to make changes to the platform, including eliminating staff and free verification check marks, which have faced criticism from users and advertisers. Revenues have declined as advertisers shy away from Twitter, while Musk has relaxed content moderation since acquiring the company.