Cloning Snapchat: Facebook unveils 'Threads' app for Instagram users

Threads will let users share photos, videos, messages and Stories with close friends list.

Cloning Snapchat: Facebook unveils 'Threads' app for Instagram users
SAN FRANCISCO: In yet another attempt to clone Snapchat, Facebook has launched a stand-alone app for Instagram users called "Threads" - a new camera-first messaging app that will help users stay connected to close or smaller circle of friends.

After the Facebook announcement, Snap shares fell as much as 7 per cent on Thursday. Instagram claims it has over 500 million daily active users while Snap has 203 million daily users.

According to Facebook, Threads will let you share photos, videos, messages, Stories and more with your Instagram close friends list.


The app will be available for iPhone and Android users.

"You are in control of who can reach you on Threads, and you can customise the experience around the people who matter most," said Robby Stein, Director of Product, Instagram.

Over the last few years, Facebook introduced several ways to share visually on Instagram and connect with people -- from sharing everyday moments on Stories to visual messages on Direct.
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"But for your smaller circle of friends, we saw the need to stay more connected throughout the day, so you can communicate what you're doing and how you're feeling through photos and videos.

"That's why we built Threads, a new way to message with close friends in a dedicated, private space," Stein added.

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Facebook has a dedicated section for privacy settings and tools (accessible in the Settings menu). In this section, you can choose who can see your future activity. For privacy, select Friends instead of Public. Also on the same page, you get the option to limit accessibility of your existing posts on the social network to only friends instead of everyone. You can also choose individual settings for items such as friend requests, email addresses access, phone number access and who can see your friends list. To step up your privacy, switch all these settings to ‘Friends Only’. We also recommend switching off access to search engines outside of Facebook.

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Many regular Facebook users tend to upload a lot of photos to share with friends and family. However, you don’t want everyone who visits your profile to have access to all these memories either. One way to hide them is to delete them from Facebook after a few months. The other way is to edit the privacy settings for each photo album. Click on Photos > Albums. For any album that you want to limit access to, click the options button (the three dots on the right corner) on an individual album and choose edit. This will open the privacy settings for the album for which you can select only friends, family or only you.

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One of the nicest privacy features on Twitter is that it lets you control how people can look you up on Twitter. In Settings, look for a section on Discoverability — here you can choose if other users can find you on Twitter using your email address or phone number. You can also view and manage any contacts you have uploaded to Twitter from your smartphone or choose to remove uploaded data from your account altogether.

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This is the easiest method to prevent access to your Instagram posts and stories. In the Instagram app on your phone, open settings > Privacy and Security. You will see the option for Account Privacy here which gives you the option to switch to a private account. Once enabled, only people that are following you will be able to see your posts. Any new followers will have to be approved by you individually. You should do this if you’re not interested in growing your followers and want to share with a group of people only.

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Even with your account set to private, a friend can share your story to their timeline and it would then become public through their feed. To stop this from happening, you can control how your Instagram stories can be seen and shared. In Settings, go to Privacy and Security > Story Controls. Here, you can switch off the option that lets people share your story. You can create a blacklist to hide your story from certain people, choose who can reply to your story (everyone, people you follow or no one) and there are also options to prevent saving story posts to the Instagram archive.

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You can use Threads to message close friends on Instagram and you'll have a dedicated inbox and notifications just for them.

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Threads opens directly to the camera and allows you to add shortcuts, so you can share what you're doing in just two taps.

According to Karina Newton, Head of Policy, Instagram, the company has built Threads with privacy in mind.

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"Your close friends list is private and totally in your control -- only you can see it, no one can request to be added to it and no one will be notified if you add or remove them from your list," said Newton.

On Threads, there is no pending inbox with message requests, so only the people you choose to put on your list can send you a message.

"Status" is an opt-in feature on Threads for sharing what you're up to with your close friends.

"You can choose from suggested statuses or turn on Auto Status, which automatically lets your close friends know what you're up to without having to actively send them a message.

Facebook said that Auto Status will not share your precise location with your friends, and when Threads sends location information to our server to look up locations, it's not stored there -- this information is only stored on your device for a limited time. It is also deleted if you remove Threads.


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