Twitter is threatening authorized motion towards Meta over its new text-based “Twitter killer” platform, accusing the social media large of poaching former staff to create a “copycat” utility.
On Wednesday, Instagram dad or mum firm Meta launched Threads, a text-based companion to Instagram that resembles Twitter and different text-based social platforms. Simply hours later, a lawyer for Twitter, Alex Spiro, despatched a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the corporate of partaking in “systematic, willful, and illegal misappropriation of Twitter’s commerce secrets and techniques and different mental property.”
“Twitter intends to strictly implement its mental property rights, and calls for that Meta take speedy steps to cease utilizing any Twitter commerce secrets and techniques or different extremely confidential data,” Spiro wrote in a letter obtained solely by Semafor. “Twitter reserves all rights, together with, however not restricted to, the suitable to hunt each civil cures and injunctive reduction with out additional discover to forestall any additional retention, disclosure, or use of its mental property by Meta.”
Spiro accused Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter staff who “had and proceed to have entry to Twitter’s commerce secrets and techniques and different extremely confidential data.”
He additionally alleged that Meta assigned these staff to develop “Meta’s copycat ‘Threads’ app with the particular intent that they use Twitter’s commerce secrets and techniques and different mental property in an effort to speed up the event of Meta’s competing app, in violation of each state and federal legislation in addition to these staff’ ongoing obligations to Twitter.”
A Meta supply instructed Semafor that Twitter’s accusations are baseless.
“Nobody on the Threads engineering staff is a former Twitter worker — that’s simply not a factor,” the supply stated.