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Tech Oversight Project Slams Threads From Meta Ahead of Launch

Jul 05, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, The Tech Oversight Project slammed Threads – Meta’s so-called “Twitter-Killer” app – ahead of its launch tomorrow. Since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and the platform’s even further lurch toward establishing itself as a radical right-wing space, users have been calling out for a Twitter alternative. Given Meta’s long history of eschewing protections while connecting pedophiles, anti-vaxxers, and domestic terrorists – leading to the Insurrection on January 6th – the Tech Oversight Project assures users that this is not the Twitter-Killer you are looking for.

“People are right to be angry about Twitter’s disgusting and dangerous lurch to extreme right-wing ideology and its quickly disintegrating user experience, but putting faith in another Mark Zuckerberg-led social media platform – right after the company gutted its safety teams and welcomed back antivaxxers and election-deniers – is a recipe for disaster,” said Kyle Morse, Deputy Executive Director of the Tech Oversight Project. “Meta’s business model is predicated on generating engagement at any cost, harvesting massive troves of users’ most personal data, and getting users addicted in order to sell ad space. For those seeking an honest platform to share news and engage in public debate, Threads will never be it.”

Why Meta Cannot Be Trusted:

Gutting Meta’s Trust and Safety Teams:

Incubating Terrorists, Antivaxxers, and Sexual Predators

National Security

Harms to Children and Teens

  • Based on recent reporting and unsealed court records, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was aware that Facebook and Instagram were designed to be addictive and detrimental to young people’s mental health, particularly teen girls, but lied to Congress under oath.
  • In an effort to replicate the harmful TikTok platform and algorithm, Meta recalibrated its product and algorithms to emulate its platforms on TikTok and expand its base of young users despite knowing its products were already detrimental to youth mental health.
  • Instagram had planned to roll out an Instagram for Kids platform that was only shelved due to outcry from parents and social media watchdog groups.
  • Despite leaked internal documents laying out the problem that “thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” and adding that “teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression,” Meta’s senior leadership have done nothing to alter their platform or algorithm.

Data Harvesting and Surveillance Regimes

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