Twitter threatens to sue Meta over new ‘Threads’ app

Published 8 July 2023
- By Editorial Staff
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, the protagonists of Twitter and Meta.

Following the launch of Threads, Meta’s new Twitter-like platform, Twitter is now threatening to sue the rival tech giant. Among other things, they claim that Meta hired former Twitter employees who leaked confidential information.

On Wednesday, Meta launched its new platform, Threads, a text-based complement to Instagram that is similar to Twitter and other text-based social platforms.

Shortly after, Alex Spiro, an attorney working for Twitter, sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the tech giant of “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.

“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights, and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information”, Spiro wrote, according to the website Semafor.

He also accuses Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter employees who “have had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information,” and that it may choose to take legal action.

“Twitter reserves all rights, including, but not limited to, the right to seek both civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice to prevent any further retention, disclosure, or use of its intellectual property by Meta”, Spiro added.

But Andy Stone, Meta’s director of communications, says the allegations of hiring former Twitter employees are false.

“No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing”, Stone writes.

Elon Musk wrote earlier this week that “Competition is fine, cheating is not”.