Jul 6, 2023

Twitter considers legal action over Threads app

Twitter owner Elon Musk has said that "Competition is fine, cheating is not" a day after Meta launched its fast-growing rival Threads. Twitter is weighing legal action over the app, citing intellectual property rights, according to a legal letter. In a move first reported by news outlet Semafor, Twitter attorney Alex Spiro sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday accusing Meta of "Systematic, wilful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property" to create Threads. Specifically, Mr Spiro alleged that Meta hired dozens of former Twitter employees who "Had and continue to have access to Twitter's trade secrets and other highly confidential information" that ultimately helped Meta develop what he termed the "Copycat" Threads app. On Threads, Meta spokesperson Andy Stone posted that "No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee - that's just not a thing".

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