Elon Musk’s personal attorney charged Meta of utilising former workers and trade secrets from Twitter to create the application.
The new text-based Instagram sibling app from Meta, Threads, isn’t exactly making Twitter pleased. According to Semafor, Twitter has threatened legal action against Meta, charging it of illegally stealing trade secrets and intellectual property as well as poaching former employees.
“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,” Alex Spiro, Elon Musk’s personal lawyer, wrote in a letter to Meta. “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, speaking on behalf of Twitter’s parent company X Corp, asserts that Meta has employed numerous former Twitter employees in the past 12 months.
According to him, the business “deliberately assigned” them to work on Threads “with the specific intent that they use Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property in order to accelerate development of Meta’s competing app.”
He said that this went against both those workers’ commitments to their former employer and state and federal laws. Additionally, according to Spiro, Meta is not allowed to scrape information from Twitter about users’ followers.
Users of Threads must currently register for the app using their Instagram account. Tens of millions of users signed up for Meta fast thanks to its simple methodology. A little more than 12 hours after the app’s launch, 30 million users had downloaded Threads, according to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta.
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