Twitter is threatening to file a lawsuit against Meta over its new Threads platform, accusing it of poaching former employees to create a ‘copycat’ app.
“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights and demands that Meta take immediate action to stop using Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” Twitter attorney Alex Spiro wrote in a letter obtained exclusively by Traffic light.
“Twitter reserves all rights, including, without limitation, the right to seek civil remedies and injunctive relief without notice to prevent Meta from further withholding, disclosing, or using its intellectual property.”
The Elon Musk-owned social media platform threatened legal action the same day Meta launched Threads.
Meta creator Mark Zuckerberg painted Threads as a rival to Twitter and saw 30 million people sign up on the first day.
Elon Musk-owned Twitter has threatened legal action against Meta’s new Threads app
Twitter’s new rival, Threads, unveiled its app on Wednesday.
Spiro accused Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter employees who “had and continue to have access to Twitter trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”
It also claimed that Meta assigned those staff members to create ‘the Meta copycat “threads'” with the intent of using Twitter trade secrets and other intellectual property to further the development of Twitter’s competitor.
It alleged that the app violates state and federal laws, as well as the “continuing obligations to Twitter” of those employees.
Threads, which tries to attract Twitter users by offering longer posts and accounts linked to their Instagram, launched in the UK at midnight on Thursday. Platform is the most popular word on Twitter today.
Elon Musk lashed out at Meta’s new platform, claiming it spreads “false happiness” like Instagram, which is also owned by Meta.
Posting to the app, Zuckerberg said: ‘Wow, 30 million records as of this morning. It feels like the start of something special, but we have a lot of work ahead of us to develop the app.”
The Twitter-like app, which calls retweets ‘reposts’ and tweets ‘threads’, allows users to post up to 500 characters of text and up to five minutes of video and images.
Threads has been dubbed the ‘Twitter Killer’ online amid animosity between rival billionaires who recently agreed to meet in a cage fight, with the Colosseum in Rome a potential venue.
It came after their online war of words, with Musk repeatedly urging Twitter users to delete their Facebook accounts, calling the social network “boring.”
Twitter boss Musk has repeatedly attacked Facebook, urging users to delete their accounts.
Zuckerberg targets 1 billion users to sign up for his new Threads app
Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star Shakira, and Mark Hoyle, better known as YouTuber LadBaby, have already joined Threads and made their presence known on the app. Millions of people had pre-ordered the app after its launch was announced earlier this week.
The new app is the latest move in the rivalry between Zuckerberg and Musk, who bought Twitter in October.
Zuckerberg said this week: “I think there should be a public conversations app with more than a billion people.” Twitter has had the opportunity to do this, but hasn’t succeeded. Hopefully we will.
Musk responded, tweeting: “It’s infinitely better to be attacked by strangers on Twitter than to indulge in the false happiness of hiding pain on Instagram.”
The new app allows users to filter responses that contain specific words, as well as block other people from mentioning it.
Threads is now available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store
Zuckerberg’s rival for Twitter received a mixed reaction upon its release.
Social media erupted with memes criticizing the Facebook boss’s new Threads app, which launched at midnight in the UK and allows users to post up to 500 characters of text, five minutes of video and images.
Twitter users complained about “bugs” and a “lack of basic features” in Threads, with some sharing funny GIFs saying people would “run back to Twitter” after trying it out.
The launch was clearly a first stab at a service that lacked the bells and whistles of Twitter.
Threads doesn’t have hashtags or keyword search features, which means users can’t follow events in real time like on Twitter. It still does not have a direct messaging feature and also lacks a desktop version that is trusted by certain users, such as business organizations.
Some users, including popular tech critic Marques Brownlee, have also posted about the need for a feed that only consists of the people one follows. Users currently have little control over the main feed.
Mark Zuckerberg tweeted for the first time in 11 years, sharing an image of Spider-Man directed at his rival Elon Musk.
Elon Musk responded to the new app by claiming that Instagram spreads ‘false happiness’
Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter on October 27, 2022 for $44 billion promised the biggest shakeup since the company was founded in 2006.
Since then, its erratic management style has led both users and advertisers to leave the site.
The former world’s richest man was eager to take on the project after becoming disillusioned with the site’s perceived biases and content moderation policy.
He said he wanted to build a ‘digital common square of the city’ where all voices could be heard and debated in a healthy way.
Changes in staff and functions, and the launch of “Twitter Files” took the site in a radical new direction in a matter of weeks.
But Twitter’s revolution turned into a bloodbath in the process, cutting staff by 80 percent to hone the new direction, then losing users and advertisers as a small team struggled to handle misinformation, trolling, and bullying. online phishing.
But Twitter users have proclaimed the site “dead” as the controversial owner limited the number of tweets users can see each day.
Musk said the restrictions are a temporary measure that was introduced because “our data was being looted so badly that it was degrading the service for normal users.”
However, users were quick to point out with suspicion the downsizing at the social network, as well as the apparent failure to pay bills for crucial services, including potentially Google.
Furious over the changes made by Tesla’s chief executive, users flocked to rival platforms, including Jack Dorsey’s Bluesky and German-owned Mastodon.