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Taliban chief praises Twitter
A senior Taliban chief, Anas Haqqani, praised Elon Musk-owned Twitter for its freedom of speech and credibility. Haqqani additionally mentioned Twitter doesn’t have an illiberal coverage like Meta.
The tweet from Haqqani got here 5 days after Meta launched its text-based public dialog app, Threads, which has the same interface to Twitter. Whereas Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri harassed that Threads didn’t intention to switch Twitter and wouldn’t actively courtroom information and politics, the app noticed 100 million sign-ups inside per week of its launch.
Meta to label govt-affiliated accounts
Meta plans to label government-affiliated accounts on its Twitter-like platform, Threads, an government advised an Australian inquiry on international interference. “Areas similar to labels for state-affiliated media and fact-checking are all areas the place we see quite a lot of worth, and it’s our aspiration to construct that out expeditiously,” Josh Machin, Meta’s head of public coverage advised the Senate inquiry.
The disclosure comes lower than per week after Meta launched Threads. Whereas Twitter has eliminated tags from government-affiliated accounts since Elon Musk took it non-public in 2022, Meta’s Fb and Instagram platforms have already got tags on the RT and Xinhua accounts noting they’re state-controlled media from Russia and China, respectively.
Apple opens retailer on WeChat
Apple opened a retailer on the Chinese language messaging app WeChat that additionally offers e-commerce, dwell streaming, and cost providers. In an announcement, Tencent the guardian firm of WeChat mentioned customers would be capable to purchase Apple merchandise together with iPhones, iPads, and Macs from the shop.
The transfer from Apple comes as Chinese language customers more and more flip to social media platforms similar to WeChat and ByteDance’s Douyin, the Chinese language model of TikTok, to buy.