I'm a tech expert and anyone joining Facebook's new Threads app must watch out for nasty trick | The Sun

AN expert has warned of the hidden dangers that could be lurking on Mark Zuckerberg's new Threads app.

The Twitter rival attracted ten million people in the first seven hours of launching.

But Jake Moore, Global Security Advisor at ESET, says users should watch out for fraudsters jumping on all the excitement.

Fake accounts could be a particularly big problem early on.

More so because people can buy a blue tick verification badge through Instagram now.

"As with any new platform, there is always a scramble at the beginning to gain a following and traction," he told the MailOnline.

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"Fake accounts usually have a good chance of developing a large crowd of followers when the gates open at the same time for all types of accounts."

The expert warned that someone could pretend to be a famous person or reputable organisation with a blue tick to gain followers.

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"This can lead to problems such as financial scams, misinformation and disinformation down the line," he added.

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Like any social network, it's important users think twice about what they see.

Jake urges anyone to "double check accounts" before following them.

And try to verify any information you see on the platform yourself from another source before reposting it, in case you're sharing fake news.

Meta, which owns Facebook and the new Threads app, says users can only get a blue tick if they have posting history on their account.

They also need to provide official ID that corresponds with their Instagram and Facebook profile.

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