Twitter, under Elon Musk’s lead, is threatening legal action Thursday against Meta, accusing the social media conglomerate of a “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”
On Wednesday evening, Meta launched Threads, an app closely resembling Twitter.
In the hours following the Threads launch, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg that said the social media giant poached former Twitter employees to create the “copycat” application, the website Semafor reported Thursday.
“Over the past year, Meta has hired dozens of former Twitter employees,” the letter reads.
“Twitter knows that these employees previously worked at Twitter, that these employees had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information; that these employees owe ongoing obligations to Twitter, and that many of these employees have improperly retained Twitter documents and electronic devices.”
An anonymous source at Meta rebuffed the allegations to Semafor: “No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing.”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and (right) Twitter owner Elon Musk. Threads, a new app by Facebook parent Meta is set to give Twitter its potentially toughest competition ever. (Photo by Mandel NGAN and Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN,ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Adding fuel to the brewing fire, Zuckerberg posted his first tweet in 11 years Wednesday: an image of the “Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man” meme.
It’s worth noting the meme often indicates striking similarities, potentially reinforcing Twitter’s accusations about Threads’ resemblance to its platform.
Given the history of a Chuck Norris meme and a poop emoji winding up in Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk, Zuckerberg’s meme could take on a life of its own.
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