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Threads, the messaging service of Instagram owner Meta, is likely to launch in the European Union next week. Until now, the service, which will compete with Elon Musk’s X, was blocked for European users.
On the Threads website, EU users can see a clock counting down to 12 noon on Thursday, December 14. Although the service has not yet been officially announced, technology websites such as The Verge and Tweakers report that it is almost inevitable that the service will be launched in Europe at that time.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, launched the service in the United States in July. Threads is a derivative of Instagram, but focuses on text. In many ways it is similar to X, the former Twitter. Threads wants to distinguish itself by staying away from political discussions and news.
You can log in to Threads with an Instagram account to transfer your network to the Twitter competitor in one go. Meta’s app seemed to be off to a flying start, with 100 million registered users within a few days. But the visitor figures are not yet close to those of Elon Musk’s platform. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks Threads could have a billion users in a few years.
According to Meta, the fact that the service is only available in Europe so late has to do with European regulations aimed at limiting the dominant position of large tech companies such as Meta. According to the Wall Street Journal, Threads will soon also be available in the EU to people without an account, so that it still complies with European rules.