Facebook’s Twitter Rival ‘Threads’ Starts Censoring Conservatives as Soon as It’s Launched

“Threads,” the new Twitter rival launched by Facebook’s parent company Meta, is already censoring conservatives, according to reports.

The new app launched Thursday in an effort to compete with Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Threads is an almost identical copy of Twitter that connects with Meta’s other social media app Instagram.

In an obvious effort to boost user numbers, Threads allows Instagram users to copy their followers over to the new text-based platform.

However, certain users of Threads quickly realized something suspicious – the new platform launched with the censorship of conservatives apparently pre-programmed into it.

Conservatives who are popular on other social media platforms have warning labels attached to their Threads accounts, even if they’ve never posted on the new platform before.

It appears as though censorship tools and other suppression flags from Facebook and Instagram have been transferred to Threads.

Conservative censorship is apparently built into Threads, which is why you need an Instagram account to log into it.

And as other others noticed, to close your Threads account, you must delete your Instagram account, leaving users feeling “trapped” on the new platform.

As News Addicts notes, Meta claims that over 10 million people have registered for its new social media platform.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg characterizes Threads as a “friendly” alternative to Musk’s Twitter.

“Let’s do this. Welcome to Threads,” Zuckerberg announced in his inaugural post on the platform.

He described the platform as a “text-based conversation app.”

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Users are permitted to publish posts with a maximum of 500 characters.

They can also photos, and videos, and, unlike Instagram, share links.

The new service, which is being introduced in more than 100 countries for iOS and Android, is positioned as a direct competitor to Twitter.

However, it doesn’t have a website version of the platform like Twitter.

“Our ambition is to maintain its friendliness as it grows. I believe it’s feasible and will be a crucial factor in its success,” Zuckerberg posted on Wednesday, presenting the service as a healthier alternative to Twitter. “Twitter’s relative lack of success, in my view, stems from this issue and we intend to approach it differently.”

However, issues around data privacy and censorship have arisen. Former Twitter owner, Jack Dorsey, underscored the substantial amount of data that Threads collects. Journalist Michael Shellenberger also expressed his concerns:

According to Shellenberger, Threads began covert censorship of users within hours of its launch, without providing a right of appeal.

Threads issued a cautionary warning upon accessing Utley and O’Hanley’s profiles, ‘Are you sure you want to follow…? This account has repeatedly posted false information.’ –

Rogan O’Handley, a lawyer and vocal Trump supporter, immediately was ‘unpersoned’ by the Twitter imitator.

The Twitter user Derek Utley also ran afoul of the censors right away.

According to reports, Threads is already censoring legitimate political debate as well.

Meta already wields enormous power, controlling the content much of the public can access, Shellenberger adds in his “Public” Substack post.

He points out that should Threads succeed, it will command 80% of the global market outside of Russia and China, according to industry insiders.

It’s therefore plausible that Meta will impose censorship in line with the desires of large news media corporations like the New York Times and corporate advertisers.

This increased censorship is exactly what mainstream news media, big corporations, and their celebrity representatives have been calling for, he adds.

Unlike Twitter, Threads gathers data about “Health & Fitness,” “Financial Info,” “Sensitive Info,” and “Other Data” from users.

It has already ed to Threads being called out as a vast “data-mining” enterprise.

Prominent figures such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have joined the new platform.

Ultimately, these high-profile users, such as Democrat politicians and mainstream media journalists, may be willing to tolerate bugs in the Threads software if that means a “safe space” to share their ideological views without being challenged by independent and conservative voices, who are apparently being silenced.

However, other social platforms seeking to rival Twitter, such as President Donald Trump’s Truth Social, Jack Dorsey’s Bluesky, and Mastodon, have failed to attract a sufficiently large user base to break into the mainstream.

Elon Musk did choose to buy Twitter rather than create a rival for a reason, after all.

READ MORE: RFK Jr Warns Biden Officials: ‘There Has Never Been a Time in History When Those Censoring Free Speech Were Good Guys’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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