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Meta faces potential lawsuit from Twitter due to new Threads app

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Twitter is expressing discontent with Meta’s latest Threads app, a novel text-based platform akin to Instagram. According to Semafor, Twitter is threatening to pursue legal measures against Meta, charging it with unlawfully recruiting former employees and illicitly appropriating trade secrets and intellectual property.

Alex Spiro, Elon Musk’s personal attorney, who is representing Twitter parent company, X Corp, penned a letter to Meta, stating, “Twitter is resolved to vigorously uphold its intellectual property rights, and requires Meta to promptly cease the utilization of any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information.” He added, “Twitter retains all rights, inclusive of but not limited to, seeking civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice to impede any further retention, disclosure, or exploitation of its intellectual property by Meta.”

Spiro alleges that Meta deliberately employed numerous ex-Twitter staff over the preceding year. He contends that Meta intentionally tasked them with working on Threads to utilize Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property to expedite the development of Meta’s rival app, which he asserts violates state and federal laws as well as the employees’ obligations to their previous employer. He further argued that Meta is not allowed to mine Twitter data regarding user’s followers.

Meta, however, denies Spiro’s allegations. “There is no former Twitter employee on the Threads engineering team — it’s simply untrue,” stated Meta communications director Andy Stone on Threads.

As of now, Threads users are required to register for the app using their Instagram profile, a simple process that has facilitated Meta in quickly amassing tens of millions of users. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that 30 million people had registered for Threads by Thursday morning, merely 12 hours following the app’s launch.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Twitter Meta Lawsuit

What is the reason for Twitter’s potential lawsuit against Meta?

Twitter is threatening to sue Meta for allegedly recruiting former Twitter employees unlawfully and illicitly appropriating trade secrets and intellectual property related to their new Threads app.

Who is representing Twitter in this potential lawsuit?

Alex Spiro, Elon Musk’s personal attorney, is representing Twitter and its parent company, X Corp, in this potential lawsuit.

What does Twitter demand from Meta?

Twitter demands that Meta immediately stop using any of Twitter’s trade secrets or other highly confidential information. Twitter also retains all rights, including but not limited to, seeking civil remedies and injunctive relief to prevent any further exploitation of its intellectual property by Meta.

How does Meta respond to these allegations?

Meta refutes these claims, stating that no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee.

What is the sign-up process for Threads?

For now, users need to sign up for the Threads app using their Instagram profile. This easy process has helped Meta sign up tens of millions of users in a short time.

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5 comments

FreeCodeLife July 7, 2023 - 12:45 am

As a developer, I can see where Twitter’s coming from, they’re worried about their tech and code being stolen. its a real issue in this industry!!

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EmmaTheLawyer July 7, 2023 - 1:38 am

Not surprised. Intellectual property lawsuits r part of the game in the tech industry.

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IPProtect July 7, 2023 - 6:43 am

Trade secrets are a serious matter, if Twitter’s accusations hold water, Meta could be in big trouble! No company should get away with stealing another’s hard work.

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SocialMediaFanboy July 7, 2023 - 12:31 pm

Threads is dope! Not sure if they ripped off Twitter, but hey, it works great and I’m loving it!

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SiliconValleyGuru July 7, 2023 - 3:38 pm

First Facebook vs Apple, now Twitter vs Meta… tech giants are always at each other’s throats!

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