Facebook’s Threads App: Data Collection Sparks Concerns and Backlash

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Facebook’s upcoming new app, Threads, promoted as a “sane” alternative to Elon Musk’s Twitter, will collect extensive user data, including health and fitness, financial information, contact details, browsing history, and more. Although data collection is common among apps, Facebook’s track record, including a recent $725 million data privacy settlement, has raised concerns. Elon Musk sarcastically commented on Twitter about Threads’ data collection policies, “Thank goodness they’re so sanely run.”  Musk’s quip is in reference to a Facebook executive’s comment to employees that the company has “been hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in having a platform that is sanely run.” Musk’s involvement with Twitter, in which he restored prominent conservative accounts, sparked backlash from the left, leading some to abandon the platform. Facebook’s alternative platform aims to attract those users, but its success remains uncertain.