Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s newest endeavor Threads could face serious legal problems with Twitter threatening to sue after accusing the platform of “systematic, willful and unlawful misappropriation” of Twitter’s trade secrets.
But the new copycat app, as the new Instagram-based Twitter competitor is being described, has another problem that could be just as impactful.
Turns out, the Threads logo is reminding folks of the Biblical number of the beast: 666.
How to put 666 ‘the number of the beast’ into a logo. pic.twitter.com/ITsUPFK78V
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) July 7, 2023
Are you also getting the 666 vibe in the new instagram thread logo? Or I’m thinking too much
Threads | Mark Zuckerberg | WhatsApp pic.twitter.com/GjaS16R5Ci
— (@BillyBrightson) July 6, 2023
Maybe this is a reason why Musk made those Twitter changes this past week. Notice the Threads logo?? Signs and symbolism will be their downfall. Once you see it…that’s all you’ll see. pic.twitter.com/K30ra7eycM
— Project TABS (@ProjectTabs) July 7, 2023
And while the assertion may be dependent on the eye of the beholder a reported link to pedophilia should be of even greater concern for Threads, which one expert called “a platform that’s looking to tap into a massive Instagram install base and take the frustration and hate toward Musk and Twitter, bottle it and look to gain market share.”
Twitter influencer Ian Miles Cheong pointed to a Wall Street Journal article while tweeting: “They should change their logo since Threads, Instagram’s Twitter knockoff, bears a disturbing resemblance to logos the FBI has identified and used by pedophiles.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Instagram’s algorithm favors pedophiles and enables them to find likeminded sex predators and their victims.
They should change their logo since Threads, Instagram’s Twitter knockoff, bears a disturbing resemblance to logos the FBI has… pic.twitter.com/Olaw6eoDUT
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 6, 2023
More From WSJ:
Instagram, the popular social-media site owned by Meta Platforms, helps connect and promote a vast network of accounts openly devoted to the commission and purchase of underage-sex content, according to investigations by The Wall Street Journal and researchers at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Pedophiles have long used the internet, but unlike the forums and file-transfer services that cater to people who have interest in illicit content, Instagram doesn’t merely host these activities. Its algorithms promote them. Instagram connects pedophiles and guides them to content sellers via recommendation systems that excel at linking those who share niche interests, the Journal and the academic researchers found.
As for the symbol of the beast, suffice it to say there were skeptics:
You guys are giving graphic designers way too much credit. And I tell you this as a graphic designer.
— Live from the 305 (@RigomusMaximus) July 7, 2023
People see what they want to see
— CapitalChriz (@capital_chriz) July 7, 2023
On the other hand…
Unholy digits dance,
Beast’s number, dread and fierce,
In shadows it lies.
— Adam Sweet (@adamrsweet_) July 7, 2023
you have my attention
— ComfyDevil (@comfydevil) July 7, 2023
It’s a sign of the times that this sort of thing hardly shocks me anymore.
— Mechael Qaasim Alamgir (@MQAlamgir) July 7, 2023
They’re not even hiding it anymore. So brazen and disgusting
— Nugget (@steveworth2) July 7, 2023
— The Emperor Son (@TheEmperorSon) July 7, 2023
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