Twitter is threatening its rival Meta with a lawsuit over the launch of its new social media platform, Threads.
In a letter first reported by Semafor, Elon Musk’s lawyer Alex Spiro notes that the mobile app development company “engaged in systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”
Spiro then writes in the letter that Meta hired several ex-Twitter employees who have improperly retained Twitter’s “trade secrets” and “highly confidential information” to accelerate the development of its new app.
“Twitter intends to enforce its intellectual property rights strictly and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” it explains.
In response to this, Meta spokesperson Andy Stone dismissed their claims, saying that no one on Threads' engineering team is a former employee of Twitter.
“That’s just not a thing,” he added.
Elon Musk Weighs in on Threads
Twitter owner Elon Musk has also weighed in on the launch of Threads, confirming the lawsuit in a reply to a tweet:
Competition is fine, cheating is not— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2023
Meanwhile, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared on Threads that the goal of the platform is to “keep it friendly as it expands,” making a supposed jab at his rival.
“That’s one reason why Twitter never succeeded as much as I think it should have, and we want to do it differently,” he explained.
Tensions have risen between the two social media moguls since the successful launch of the new platform.
In reply to a thread, Zuckerberg shared that the launch of the new app is only “in the opening moments of the first round,” directly referencing the cage fight between him and Musk that has been in talks for the past month.
Outside of the rivalry, Twitter founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey has also weighed in on the feud, referring to Threads as one of the many “Twitter clones.”
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