The potential rival of the microblogging website Twitter, Meta’s new Threads app, has received a lawsuit threat from Twitter. According to CNN, a letter accusing Meta of stealing trade secrets by hiring former Twitter employees was delivered to CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.
Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, alleged in a letter that Meta had engaged in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.” This claim was made by Alex Spiro, an external attorney for Elon Musk.
Twitter demands that Meta stop exploiting any Twitter trade secrets or other highly private material immediately and stated in the letter that it plans to vigorously pursue its intellectual property rights. After the successful introduction of the Threads app, Elon Musk wrote, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.”
More than ten million users registered for the new app in the first seven hours, outperforming the launch of several other well-known platforms, as Zuckerberg stated.
Spiro also mentioned the business’s right to ask for injunctive remedy or civil remedies. He continued by saying that the letter served as a formal notice to Meta to hold onto records important to a prospective legal dispute between the two companies.
“No one on the Threads technical team is a former Twitter employee,” stated Andy Stone, a representative for Meta, in response to the report. Threads is released at a time when many people are looking for alternatives to Twitter in order to avoid Elon Musk’s control over the service since he bought it last year for $44 billion.