Twitter is considering legal action against Facebook (now known as Meta) over Threads, its recently launched Twitter clone. Elon Musk said in a tweet that, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.”
CBS News reports that just one day after its official launch, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter clone Threads is facing a potential legal battle — from Elon Musk, who normally flaunts the legal system. Twitter’s legal team has described Threads as a “copycat” app, alleging that it was developed by employing former Twitter employees and exploiting the company’s trade secrets.
Threads, which launched this week, has already gained significant traction, with 30 million new users signing up within hours of its debut. The platform bears a striking resemblance to Twitter, allowing users to like or repost messages. However, it also integrates with Instagram, enabling users to follow their existing Instagram userbase.
“No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing,” said Andy Stone, Facebook’s communications director, in response to the allegations. Despite this, Twitter’s legal team remains adamant, stating that Facebook hired “dozens of former Twitter employees” who had access to Musk’s “trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”
Elon Musk has also weighed in on the controversy. “Competition is fine, cheating is not,” Musk tweeted, expressing his disapproval of Meta’s new platform. This comes at a time when Musk’s own leadership at Twitter is under scrutiny, with users expressing dissatisfaction over recent changes, including a limit on the number of tweets users can view per day and conservatives believing that censorship is increasing back towards pre-Musk levels.
Twitter is threatening to sue Meta over Threads
Twitter is threatening legal action against Meta over its new text-based “Twitter killer” platform, accusing the social media giant of poaching former employees to create a “copycat” application.
On Wednesday, Instagram parent company Meta introduced Threads, a text-based companion to Instagram that resembles Twitter and other text-based social platforms. Just hours later, a lawyer for Twitter, Alex Spiro, sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the company of engaging in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”
“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,” Spiro wrote in a letter obtained exclusively by Semafor. “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 accused Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter employees who “had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”
He also alleged that Meta assigned those employees to develop “Meta’s copycat ‘Threads’ app with the specific intent that they use Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property in order to accelerate the development of Meta’s competing app, in violation of both state and federal law as well as those employees’ ongoing obligations to Twitter.”
Zuckerberg’s Twitter Rival Is Already Censoring People For Questioning Gender Ideology
The popular conservative social media account Libs of TikTok has already experienced censorship on tech giant Meta’s new text-based app Threads, according to a screenshot shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Libs of TikTok , which is run by Chaya Raichik, posted that “[n]on-binary isn’t real” on Threads Friday morning, and the newly launched app removed it the same day due to its “hate speech” guidelines, a screenshot shared with the DCNF and posted to Twitter shows. Raichik told the DCNF that the removal was unsurprising because of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s history of conservative censorship on Facebook and Instagram.
“Within hours of joining I got death threats, had people sharing my address, and was told to kill myself,” Raichik told the DCNF. “None of those posts were removed despite me reporting them. Only my post stating a fact was removed.”
Raichik told the DCNF this contradicts Zuckerberg posting his desire for Threads to be “a friendly place.”
Instagram’s guidelines state that it removes “hate speech,” defining it as “a direct attack against people … on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease.”