Meta’s long-awaited Twitter alternative is here, and it’s called Threads. The new social media app launches at a time when alternatives, like Bluesky, Mastodon, and Spill, are vying for users who are dissatisfied with Elon Musk’s handling of Twitter’s user experience, with its newly introduced rate limits and an uptick in hate speech.
Meta owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, so the company’s attempt to recreate an online experience similar to Twitter is likely to attract plenty of normies, lurkers, and nomadic shitposters. Threads uses the AT Protocol developed by Bluesky, and Meta is working to incorporate Threads as part of the online Fediverse, a group of shared servers where users can interact across multiple platforms.
Threads (Android, Apple) potentially collects a wide assortment of personal data that remains connected to you, based on the information available in Apple’s App Store, from your purchase history and physical address to your browsing history and health information. “Sensitive information” is also listed as a type of data collected by the Threads app. Some information this could include is your race, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, and religion as well as your biometric data.
Below is all the data collected by Threads that’s mentioned in the App Store. Do you have the Facebook or Instagram app on your phone? Keep in mind that this data collection by Meta is comparable to the data those apps collect about you.
For Android users, the Google Play Store doesn’t require you to hand over the same amount of extensive data to try out Threads. You have more control than Apple users, since you can granularly toggle what personal data is shared with apps.
Data Linked to You
Purchases (Purchase History)Financial Info (Other Financial Info)Location (Precise Location, Coarse Location)Contact Info (Physical Address, Email Address, Name, Phone Number, Other User Contact Info)ContactsUser Content (Photos or Videos, Gameplay Content, Other User Content)Search HistoryBrowsing HistoryIdentifiers (User ID, Device ID)Usage Data (Product Interaction, Advertising Data, Other Usage Data)Diagnostics (Crash Data, Performance Data, Other Diagnostic Data)Other Data