Elon Musk throws shade at Meta after Facebook, Instagram, Threads suffer global outrage

UNITED STATES- Elon Musk, founder of X, formerly Twitter, threw shade at Meta after its social media apps Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Threads experienced a global outage on Tuesday. Meta’s communications director, Andy Stone, on his official X handle at 4:25 p.m., acknowledged the platforms’ blackout and assured it was being worked on. “If you’re reading this post, it’s because our servers are working,” Musk tweeted shortly after Mr Stone’s tweet. The 52-year-old businessman further shared a photo of four penguins: three penguins marked with Facebook, Instagram and thread, saluting the fourth, marked with the X icon. Attached to the picture was Mr Stone’s post acknowledging Meta’s global outage. Meanwhile, in July last year, X accused Meta owner Mark Zuckerberg of engaging in “unlawful misappropriation” of the company’s trade secrets and intellectual property after the launch of Threads. In a memo addressed to Mr Zuckerberg, X’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, threatened a lawsuit and accused Meta of hiring former X employees fired by the company.  Reacting to the launch of Threads, Mr Musk said, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.” 

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Twitter: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, millions join Threads app in 7 hours

Meta Platforms (META.O) on Wednesday launched a direct challenge to Twitter with Threads, garnering millions of users in hours as it sought to take advantage of its rival’s much-weakened state after a series of chaotic decisions from owner Elon Musk. Those quick to join the new platform included celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez as well as prominent politicians such as Democratic U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Let’s do this. Welcome to Threads,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his first post on the app, along with a fire emoji. He said the app logged 10 million sign-ups in seven hours. He also took to Twitter, posting a well-known meme of Spiderman facing off against Spiderman – in a humorous jab at the rivalry with Musk and between the two services. Analysts have said Threads’ ties to Instagram might give it a built-in user base and advertising apparatus. That could siphon ad dollars from Twitter at a time when its new CEO is trying to revive its struggling business. While Threads launched as a standalone app, users can log …

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