Meta has officially launched a new app called Threads, which is intended to offer a space for real-time conversations online, which has been Twitters selling point for a long time

Thread users will need an Instagram account to log in.

Once they have signed up, they can choose to follow the same accounts they follow on Instagram, if they too have joined the new app.

The app appears to have many similarities to Twitter, from the layout to the product description.

“The vision for Threads is to create an option and friendly public space for conversation,” Zuckerberg said in a Threads post following the launch.

 “We hope to take what Instagram does best and create a new experience around text, ideas, and discussing what’s on your mind.”

Twitter recently barred users from accessing ‘Tweetdeck’ if unverified.

The app’s listing describes it as a place where communities can come togeter to discuss everything from the topics they care about today to what’s trending.

“Whatever it is you’re interested in, you can follow and connect directly with your favorite creators and others who love the same things — or build a loyal following of your own to share your ideas, opinions and creativity with the world,” it reads.

The app closely resembles Twitter visually, although some of the wording has been changed, with retweets called “reposts” and tweets called “threads”.

Posts on Threads can be 500 characters long, compared with 280 for most Twitter users, and videos of up to five minutes in length can be posted while a post can be shared as a link on other platforms. Users can unfollow, block, restrict or report others. Users can also filter out replies with certain words in them.

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