Meta's new Threads app 'murderous' for phone batteries

Meta’s new Threads app ‘murderous’ for phone batteries

Users of Meta’s new “Twitter killer” Threads gripe that the app — which has amassed more than 100 million users in less than a week since it went online — is noticeably draining their phone batteries.

“Is Threads just …. murderous to anyone else’s battery?” a user of the app wrote on their Twitter page.

“I’m not going to use Instagram Threads until … it stops draining my phone battery,” wrote social media user Andrew Brown on Twitter.

Other Twitter users posted screenshots of their Threads accounts which included the graphic showing low battery life.

“Go follow us on Threads. And don’t look at my battery level,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Follow me on threads…also 1% battery,” another Twitter user wrote, attaching a screenshot to their Threads account.

Another Twitter user wrote: “Threads app is collecting so much background data that it’s draining users phone battery faster than any other application.”

Users of Meta’s new “Twitter killer” app Threads say that the site is “murderous” on their mobile device’s battery.
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One Threads user posted a screenshot showing the battery usage by app on their device.

Threads was the app that was the most taxing on the device’s battery, according to the screenshot.

It used up 53% of the phone’s energy while Twitter was a distant second at just 12%.

The Post has sought comment from Meta Platforms Inc.

Since the system went online Wednesday, Threads users have written more than 95 million posts and clicked “like” on 190 million posts, according to the Verge.

While Threads has been surging, its larger rival, Twitter, has seen its traffic dip by some 11% compared to the same period last year, according to a web analytics firm.

The initial burst of success for Threads has fueled a war of words between Twitter owner Elon Musk and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Threads will be a "friendlier" version of Twitter.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Threads will be a “friendlier” version of Twitter.
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The Twitter boss referred to his tech rival as a “cuck” and challenged him to a “d–k measuring contest” over the weekend.

Zuckerberg said Friday that the launch of Threads has been “way beyond our expectations.”

Zuckerberg wrote on Threads that his service will be a kindler, gentler version of Twitter.

“The goal is to keep it friendly as it expands. I think it’s possible and will ultimately be the key to its success,” he wrote.

“That’s one reason why Twitter never succeeded as much as I think it should have, and we want to do it differently.”


Threads has amassed more than 100 million users in less than a week while Twitter's traffic has declined during that same period, according to analytics firms.
Threads has amassed more than 100 million users in less than a week while Twitter’s traffic has declined during that same period, according to analytics firms.
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Musk, however, was having none of it.

“It is infinitely preferable to be attacked by strangers on Twitter, than indulge in the false happiness of hide-the-pain Instagram,” Musk tweeted over the weekend.

Early Monday, Musk tweeted: “You will get more laughs from this app than everything else combined.”

“But I have to warn you … don’t be shocked … there’s some negative stuff too.”


Source by [New York Post]

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