Instagram is set to launch its own Twitter competitor called Threads on July 6. The app has already been released on the iOS App Store in the United States.

Threads will allow users to connect with their existing Instagram followers and followings, creating a sense of community from the start. The app description emphasizes that Threads is a place for discussions and connecting with others who share similar interests.

While closely linked to Instagram, Threads will be a standalone app with features such as liking, commenting, reposting, and sharing posts. The ability to control who can reply to your posts is also showcased in the App Store screenshots.

Rumors about Threads have been circulating for some time, with leaked information suggesting it may be compatible with the decentralized network ActivityPub. However, as Threads is part of Instagram, a centralized app, the details remain unclear.

Meta, the parent company of Instagram, has had mixed success with its previous side apps, but Threads has the potential to gain traction given Twitter’s recent issues. Ultimately, it will be up to users to decide if they want Meta to have further influence over their social media experience.

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