(CTN News) – Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Meta has initiated testing of a new feature that allows Threads posts to be displayed on Mastodon and other networks supported by the ActivityPub protocol.
According to Zuckerberg, enabling interoperability for Threads will provide users with more options for interaction and expand the reach of content. He expressed optimism about this development in a recent post.
While this represents a significant milestone for Threads’ integration into the federated social network, Zuckerberg did not provide specific details on how this integration will function at this time.
The roadmap for integrating Threads with Meta ActivityPub remains unclear, and it is uncertain whether this integration will facilitate easy cross-posting between Mastodon (or other ActivityPub-powered networks) and Threads, or enable data migration.
During the launch of Threads in July, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, stated that the social network would not initially integrate with the Fediverse.
However, he emphasized Meta’s ongoing efforts to integrate its latest platform with the decentralized social web.
“We are committed to incorporating support for ActivityPub, the Meta protocol behind Mastodon, into this application. Although we were unable to complete it in time for the launch due to various complexities associated with a decentralized network, it is in progress,” he stated at that time.
In August, Threads introduced a feature that allows users to authenticate their profile on Mastodon. The company implemented “rel=me” links, which enable the establishment of a connection between two accounts by linking to each other.
The recent announcement by Zuckerberg signifies Meta’s initial step towards integrating Threads into the decentralized social network system.
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