Meta recently launched its new social media platform called Threads, positioning itself as a competitor to Elon Musk’s Twitter. The platform aims to bring people together for discussions on a wide range of topics, from current interests to upcoming trends. However, some internet users have drawn attention to the striking resemblance between Threads’ logo and the letters of the Dravidian languages Tamil and Malayalam.
Is it me or does anyone feel that the logo of the upcoming Threads app appears like the 90-degree clock-wise rotation of the Malayalam letter ത്ര (pronounced as 'thra') rhyming with 'thr' in Threads. #Threads #ThreadsApp #Meta pic.twitter.com/PbfbQZu73l
— Shosanna (@the_shosanna) July 4, 2023
Many users have pointed out that the logo bears similarities to the Tamil letter “Ku” and the Malayalam letters “Thr” and “Kra.” Others have even suggested that it resembles the Hindu syllable “Om.”
— Aswini Kumar (@as_win5) July 6, 2023
The logo has sparked various interpretations, with some users comparing it to the Indian dessert jalebi or even an ear.
Right now, people are opening the Threads app like they are having Jalebi in their breakfast.
Same energy. pic.twitter.com/9ZL3am4c6W
— Devesh Raj 🧑🏻💻 (@devish2) July 7, 2023
Despite the logo controversy, Threads has already gained a staggering 30 million users within its first day of launch. However, Twitter, under Elon Musk’s leadership, has threatened legal action, alleging that Threads infringes on its intellectual property rights. Alex Spiro, Musk’s lawyer, has sent a letter to Meta’s CEO, accusing the company of unlawfully misappropriating Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.
It will be interesting to see how this legal dispute unfolds while Threads continues to attract millions of users with its fresh approach to social media interaction.