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Jack Dorsey slams Mark Zuckerberg over ‘Threads’ follow-up request


Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey isn’t quite ready to be friends on social media with longtime rival Mark Zuckerberg.

Dorsey, a vocal critic of Threads, Zuckerberg’s “Twitter killer” platform, posted a screenshot on Saturday revealing that the CEO of Meta had sent him a follow request on the booming social media app .

The screenshot displayed the message “Zuck asks to follow you”, along with a prompt to accept or decline the invitation.

“Too soon b,” wrote Dorsey, the 46-year-old former CEO of Twitter.

Threads, which is tied to Meta-owned Instagram and taps into the same user base, has already garnered more than 150 million downloads since its launch earlier this month.

The app is the biggest challenge yet for Twitter, which has struggled with declining revenue since billionaire Elon Musk bought it for $44 billion last year.

So far, Dorsey doesn’t seem to have an active presence on Threads. His account has no followers and no profile picture.

The Post reached out to Meta to comment on Dorsey’s tweet.

Zuckerberg’s follow-up request could have been sent automatically when he signed up for Threads. When a user activates Threads through their Instagram account, they are asked if they want to migrate their follower list. Zuckerberg follows Dorsey on Instagram.

Jack Dorsey co-founded Twitter.
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Dorsey, who backs his own Twitter alternative called Bluesky, was among the prominent figures to slam Threads ahead of its debut – expressing concerns about the long list of user privacy disclosures included in pre-download app listings.

“All your Threads belong to us,” Dorsey tweeted. Musk, who threatened legal action against Meta over Threads’ similarities to Twitter, chimed in to say he agreed with Dorsey’s view.

In a separate post, Dorsey also appeared to take aim at Threads for its lack of originality.

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Mark Zuckerberg allegedly sent Dorsey a follow-up request on Threads.
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Threads has garnered over 150 million downloads.

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 7 twitter clones,” Dorsey tweeted on July 6.

Meta executives have positioned Threads as a “healthily managed” alternative to Twitter, which has irked advertisers with its approach to content moderation.

When Musk temporarily limited the number of tweets users could see per day due to data deletion issues, Dorsey’s Bluesky saw a record spike in traffic. Bluesky, which is still in beta, has temporarily limited signups during the massive volume boost.


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