Twitter has issued a threat to sue Meta over concerns about its newly launched Threads app, citing the use of Twitter’s trade secrets and intellectual property.
In a letter addressed to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro alleges that Meta hired numerous ex-Twitter employees to develop Threads, taking advantage of their access to Twitter’s confidential information.
Twitter accuses Meta of creating a “copycat” app in violation of state and federal laws.
The social media platform is demanding that Meta cease using any Twitter trade secrets and confidential information and warns of potential legal action, including civil remedies and injunctive relief.
Meta responded on Threads, denying the claim that former Twitter employees were part of the Threads engineering team.
Despite the threat, Meta appears unfazed, while Twitter has a history of making legal threats, as seen in its accusation against Microsoft in May.
Threads has gained significant traction since its launch, with over 30 million registered users and more than 95 million threads created within 24 hours.
Elon Musk, commenting on the matter, stated, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.”