Twitter isn’t happy with Meta’s Threads app. Some latest reports claim that Twitter is threatening legal action against Meta, accusing it of hiring former employees for Threads and misappropriating trade secrets and intellectual property.
“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” Alex Spiro, Elon Musk’s personal attorney, wrote in a letter to meta. “Twitter reserves all rights, including, but not limited to, the right to seek, without further notice, both civil and judicial remedies to prevent any further retention, disclosure or use of its intellectual property by Meta.”
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Spiro, acting on behalf of Twitter parent X Corp, claims that Meta has hired dozens of ex-Twitter employees in the past year. He claimed the company “Consciously assigned” to work on Threads “with the specific intent that they use Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property to accelerate development of Meta’s competing app.” He argued that this violates state and federal laws, as well as those employees’ obligations to their former employers.
On the other hand, Meta has refuted Spiro’s claims. “No one on the Threads tech team is a former Twitter employee – that’s just nothing,Meta communications director Andy Stone wrote on Threads.
Meta introduced a Twitter-like app, Threads, on Wednesday. Users must sign up for the app with their Instagram profile. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said 30 million people had joined Threads by Thursday morning, just over 12 hours after the app went live. The app is growing fast and offered many Twitter-like features.
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