Instagram's Answer to Twitter Leaked: Screenshots Show New Platform in Development

Instagram’s Answer to Twitter Leaked: Screenshots Show New Platform in Development

In October of last year, Elon Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter, and it appears that Meta, headed by Mark Zuckerberg, wasted no time in responding. Reports indicate that Meta has been secretly working on its own social media platform, code-named Project 92. During a company-wide meeting held recently, Meta’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, presented a series of UI mock-ups to the employees, but they quickly found their way onto the internet.

The existence of Project 92 was officially confirmed by Meta in March when the company stated that they were exploring the development of a decentralized social network specifically designed for sharing text updates. The intention behind this endeavor was to create a separate space where creators and public figures could share timely updates about their interests. However, even before the official confirmation, leaked design images from May had already given a glimpse of the project’s progress.

Cox referred to the new platform as “our response to Twitter.” It will be a standalone program, drawing inspiration from Instagram and integrating ActivityPub, the same networking protocol that powers Mastodon, a decentralized social media platform. The leaked images showcase the secure sign-in screen, the main feed (bearing a striking resemblance to Twitter’s existing mobile app), and the reply screen. As of now, there is no specific release date for the app’s availability to the public.