Twitter could sue Meta over its copycat Threads app. The social media platform Twitter claims that Meta used the trade secrets of the company to build Threads, its very newest rival in the social media space.
Twitter Could Sue Meta
Social media platform Twitter is now threatening to sue Meta over concerns in regard to its new Threads app, as per a letter obtained by Semafor. In the letter in question, which is addressed to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro argues that Meta made use of the trade secrets and intellectual property of Twitter to build Threads.
Spiro, who is also the personal lawyer of Elon Musk and also a partner at the Quinn Emanuel law firm, claims that Meta hired “dozens” of ex-Twitter employees to help develop Threads, which would not be all that surprising given just how many people were fired following the takeover of Musk.
But as per Twitter, many of these former workers still have access to trade secrets as well as other confidential information of Twitter. Twitter however alleges that Meta took advantage of this and then tasked these very employees with developing a “copycat” app “in violation of both state and federal law.”
And as a result of the above, Twitter is threatening legal action in the form of “both civil remedies and injunctive relief.” The company also “demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information” and says that Meta is not allowed to crawl or scrape data from Twitter, either.
Meta’s Response to Twitter’s Legal Threats
Meta however has responded to Twitter’s letter in a post on Threads, with communications director Andy Stone stating that, “No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing.” Meta as you should know doesn’t seem all too concerned about this, and that may just be because Twitter is not all that shy in regards to threatening legal action. Twitter back in May, accused Microsoft of abusing the API of the company via integrations with some of its products.
Threads after Its Launch So Far
Meta on Wednesday night launched Threads, with celebrities as well as various brands the first to get on board. And just less than 24 hours since the launch of the app, Threads has garnered more than 30 million registered users, while internal data that was obtained by Alex Heath of The Verge shows that users have already made over 95 million threads.
“Competition is fine, cheating is not,” Musk said in a reply to a post about the letter on Twitter.
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