Meta Platforms exploring decentralized social network for text updates – Reuters


By Scott Kanowsky — Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ:META) is exploring a standalone decentralized network for sharing text updates, Reuters reported on Friday.

In a statement published by the news agency, a Meta spokesperson confirmed earlier speculation around the move, saying it will be an “opportunity” for creators and public figures to share updates about their interests.

A decentralized platform is run mostly by volunteer administrators who bring their networks together through a so-called federation of apps. Facebook and Twitter, conversely, are platforms overseen by one centralized figure – the company, in this case.

An Indian business news website called first reported that Meta’s new content app would support ActivityPub, a decentralized social media platform used by Twitter peer Mastodon and other similar networks.

Citing sources, said the app would be Instagram-branded and be accessible via users’ Instagram login details.


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