Threads App Responds to Spam Surge with Post Visibility Restrictions

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has announced that the Threads platform will be implementing restrictions on the visibility of posts for certain users in response to an increase in spam attacks. This move follows a similar approach taken by Twitter earlier this month.

Elon Musk’s Reaction

Renowned for his controversial decisions and lack of moderation on Twitter, Elon Musk faced criticism for limiting the visibility of tweets to combat spam. In response to Mosseri’s announcement, Musk humorously posted, “Lmaooo Copy ???? [cat].”

Duration of Limitations

While Musk initially stated that the rate limits on Twitter were temporary, particularly under extreme circumstances, he has since relaxed these limits for users, including Twitter Blue subscribers and verified accounts, allowing them to view more tweets per day. However, the duration of the rate limits on Threads, Instagram’s companion app, remains unspecified.

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Threads Offers User Support

In contrast to Twitter’s strict limitations, Mosseri suggests that users should seek assistance if they encounter similar problems on Threads. This indicates that the Threads team is open to collaborating with legitimate users to ensure a positive user experience. However, some users have expressed concerns about an increase in comment spam, with nearly half of their posts receiving responses from bots.

Rapid Growth and Privacy Concerns

Threads, the companion app to Instagram, achieved the milestone of 100 million users within just five days of its launch, surpassing the speed of other apps. However, unless the issue of bots and spam is effectively addressed, Threads could face challenges similar to those encountered by Twitter. Additionally, the app is currently unavailable for download in Europe due to data privacy regulations enforced by the European Union.

Seeking User Feedback

Mosseri acknowledged the unintentional impact of rate limits on active users and encouraged those affected to reach out for assistance. The Threads team aims to strike a balance between combating spam and ensuring that legitimate users have a positive experience on the platform.


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