- Dogecoin co-founder, Billy Markus, criticizes Meta’s latest social media application, Threads, accusing Mark Zuckerberg of cloning Twitter.
- Markus shows support for Twitter and Elon Musk, praising Musk’s endeavors to protect free speech on the platform.
Dogecoin co-founder, Billy Markus, is the latest tech personality to weigh in on Meta’s newly launched social media application, Threads. Markus suggests that Meta, led by Mark Zuckerberg, has effectively cloned Twitter in the creation of Threads, a move that continues the firm’s aggressive strategy of replicating or integrating features of its competitors into its own apps when a buyout isn’t successful.
Markus Backs Musk Over Zuckerberg
Markus’s comments came in response to a tweet by influential Twitter user “greg” (@greg16676935420). In the original tweet, “greg” humorously claimed Elon Musk
“put his blood, sweat and tears into inventing Twitter,”
a statement Markus corrected, while appreciating Musk’s commitment to free speech on the platform. Markus contrasted Musk’s efforts with a humorous jab at Zuckerberg, stating
“Zuckerberg invented carbon monoxide to kill us all.”
Markus’s commentary came in the wake of significant criticism for Threads, and Zuckerberg’s modus operandi in the tech space. In past instances, when Zuckerberg could not acquire Snapchat, he purchased Instagram and also incorporated the Reels feature into the platform, consequently siphoning a significant number of users from the TikTok app. Additionally, he bought WhatsApp as a possible competitor to Messenger.
Concerns Surrounding Threads
The criticism surrounding Threads stems from Meta’s history of scandals involving data privacy issues and excessive censorship on its platforms. While Musk has stated his acquisition of Twitter aims to preserve free speech, critics are skeptical that Zuckerberg will take the same approach with Threads. Despite Zuckerberg’s claims of wanting to create a “friendly version” of Twitter, many people are dubious, considering his company’s controversial past.
The Billionaire Rivalry Continues
Markus’s comments on Threads add another layer to the ongoing rivalry between tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Both leaders have been known to exchange barbs and challenges, most recently with Musk jokingly proposing a cage fight between them. After the news about Threads, the humorous proposition may start to seem more serious. As the two continue their pursuit of technological dominance, it’s clear that their rivalry isn’t dying down anytime soon.