Meta Starts Testing Threads Integration With ActivityPub – Today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Meta is currently experimenting with a feature to display Threads posts on Mastodon and other networks supported by the ActivityPub protocol. “Making Threads interoperable will give people more choice over how they interact and it will help content reach more people. I’m pretty optimistic about this,” Zuckerberg said in a post.
Although this marks a significant stride for Threads to join the federated social network, Zuckerberg hasn’t disclosed specific details on how the integration will function at this point. The roadmap for Threads’ ActivityPub integration, enabling seamless cross-posting between Mastodon (or other ActivityPub-powered networks) and Threads, or facilitating data movement, remains unclear at the moment.
Upon Threads’ launch in July, Instagram head Adam Mosseri clarified that the social network wouldn’t initially integrate with the Fediverse. Nevertheless, he underscored Meta’s ongoing efforts to integrate its latest platform with the decentralized social web. “We’re committed to building support for ActivityPub, the protocol behind Mastodon, into this app.”
“We weren’t able to finish it for launch given a number of complications that come along with a decentralized network, but it’s coming,” he said at that time. During August, Threads introduced a method for users to authenticate their profiles on Mastodon. The company incorporated “rel=me” links, providing a means to establish a connection between two accounts by mutually linking them.