Twitter Threatens Legal Action Against Meta's Threads App

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Twitter has issued a warning to Meta over its newly launched text-based platform, Threads, threatening legal action if the company continues to use Twitter's trade secrets and intellectual property. Twitter's lawyer, Alex Spiro, accuses Meta of poaching former Twitter employees to create a "copycat" application, and demands that the company stops using Twitter's confidential information.

Meta, the parent company of Instagram, launched Threads on July 5, and within a day, the app had reportedly signed up 30 million users. Threads is a text-based companion to Instagram, resembling Twitter and other text-based social platforms.

However, Twitter's legal action indicates that Threads is a serious rival to the social media giant. Twitter has faced criticism in recent years for reducing user experience and becoming a hub for right-wing activity. Additionally, Twitter users have been upset by the introduction of pricing for verification since Elon Musk bought the company last year.

Twitter's lawyer, Alex Spiro, has accused Meta of engaging in the "systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation" of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property. Spiro has demanded that Meta takes immediate steps to stop using Twitter's confidential information, warning that Twitter reserves the right to seek civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice.

Spiro claims that Meta hired dozens of former Twitter employees who had access to Twitter's trade secrets and confidential information, and assigned them to develop Threads with the specific intent of using Twitter's intellectual property to accelerate the development of Meta's competing app, in violation of state and federal law, as well as the employees' ongoing obligations to Twitter.

In response, a Meta source told Semafor that Twitter's accusations are baseless, and that no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee.

In conclusion, Twitter's legal action against Meta's Threads app highlights the increasing competition in the text-based social media space, and the need for companies to protect their intellectual property. It remains to be seen how Meta will respond to Twitter's demands, and whether the legal action will affect Threads' growth and success.