Threads App Achieves Impressive Milestone: Over 100 Million Users in Less Than a Week

Threads app achieves remarkable success, signing up over 100 million users in less than a week. Developed by Meta, the social media platform aims to rival Twitter, offering unique features and a growing user base. Explore the rapid growth, challenges, and legal disputes surrounding Threads, and discover how it sets itself apart from other social media apps.

Threads App Achieves Impressive Milestone: Over 100 Million Users in Less Than a Week

Threads, the social media application developed to compete with Twitter, has achieved a remarkable feat by garnering over 100 million users in under five days.

Launched by Meta, the parent company of Instagram, Threads surpassed the record set by Open AI's ChatGPT app. The platform made its debut on the Apple and Android app stores in 100 countries, including the UK, on the previous Wednesday.

Expressing his astonishment, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, stated that he couldn't believe how quickly the app reached this milestone.

However, Threads has faced challenges and is currently unavailable in mainland Europe due to concerns about its compliance with EU data privacy regulations.

In his first public statement on the matter, Thierry Breton, the European Union's industry commissioner, commented during an interview with French radio station Franceinfo that taking sufficient time to address the compliance issues seems to be a prudent approach.

Despite the setback in the European market, Threads has experienced rapid growth. Meta, which also owns Facebook, reported that the app acquired 10 million users within the first seven hours of its launch and exceeded 30 million users by Thursday morning.

Within approximately 24 hours, that number had more than doubled.

Nonetheless, Threads still has a considerable way to catch up to its main competitor. With 100 million users, Threads' user base remains less than a third of the estimated 350 million users on Twitter.

Since billionaire Elon Musk assumed ownership, some Twitter users have become disenchanted. Under his leadership, numerous job cuts have occurred, and several revenue-generating changes have been implemented at Twitter.

Although other rivals such as Mastodon and Bluesky have emerged, they have struggled to gain traction without an existing user base.

Threads has capitalized on its affiliation with Instagram, which boasts over one billion users.

Upon signing up for Threads, users have the option to display a link to their profile within the app on their Instagram profile. However, there is also an option to hide this link.

To access Threads, users must have an Instagram account. Deleting a Threads profile necessitates deleting the associated Instagram profile as well.

Nevertheless, deactivating a Threads profile will not deactivate the corresponding Instagram account. According to Meta, deactivation results in the Threads profile, posts, and interactions with others' posts becoming invisible.

Legal disputes have emerged since Threads' launch, with Twitter threatening to take legal action against its rival.

Twitter's legal representatives accused Mark Zuckerberg of engaging in "systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property" to create Threads.

Twitter alleged that Meta had recruited former employees who possessed and continue to have access to Twitter's trade secrets and highly confidential information. Meta has refuted these claims.

Threads users have the advantage of posting text of up to 500 characters, surpassing the 280-character limit on Twitter. Both apps support the posting of links, images, and videos.

However, there are differences in the content policies governing each platform. Threads prohibits nudity and explicit not-safe-for-work (NSFW) images.

Furthermore, unlike Twitter, Threads does not currently have a desktop version available.