An expert has warned of the hidden dangers that could lurk in Mark Zuckerberg’s new Threads app.
The Twitter rival attracted tens of millions of people in the first seven hours after launch.
But Jake Moore, Global Security Advisor at ESET, says users should be wary of scammers who are taking advantage of all the fuss.
Fake accounts could be a big problem, especially at the beginning.
Even more so because people can now buy a blue tick verification badge through Instagram.
“As with any new platform, there’s always a struggle to gain followers and traction in the beginning,” he said MailOnline.
“Fake accounts usually have a good chance of developing a large following if the gates open to all account types at the same time.”
The expert warned that someone could impersonate a famous person or reputable organization with a blue tick to gain followers.
“This can later lead to problems such as financial fraud, misinformation and disinformation,” he added.
As with any social network, it’s important for users to think twice about what they’re seeing.
Jake tells everyone to “double check accounts” before following them.
And try to verify any information you see on the platform yourself from another source before reposting in case you are sharing fake news.
According to Meta, which owns Facebook and the new Threads app, users can only get a blue tick if their account has a post history.
They are also required to provide an official ID that matches their Instagram and Facebook profile.
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