Company secrets misappropriated?
Musk plans to sue Meta over threads
7/7/2023 1:11 am
Meta’s Twitter Alternative Threads Apparently Concerns Elon Musk His lawyer accuses the group of having developed a copycat app with former Twitter employees.
Twitter owner Elon Musk is threatening to sue Facebook’s parent company Meta for its new Threads platform. In a letter the site “Traffic lights” Musk’s attorney Alex Spiro wrote to Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg that Meta “illegally misappropriated trade secrets and other intellectual property” from Twitter to develop a copycat app.
Meta hired numerous former Twitter employees who still had access to Twitter’s “trade secrets and other highly confidential information”. These employees were used in a targeted manner to create a copycat app within months to compete with Twitter. Spiro threatens that Musk’s company reserves all rights to protect his intellectual property, including legal remedies.
Musk laid off most of his staff in the months following the Twitter takeover last October. Of the original around 8,000 employees, 1,500 were left in April, Musk explained in an interview with the BBC. Many of them found new jobs at other tech companies. When asked by Semafor, a meta spokesman said no former Twitter employees were working on the Threads development team.
Meta has good starting conditions
Meta released threads for Twitter competitors in around 100 countries on Wednesday evening. The connection to Instagram gives the service a head start, and around 2 million users of the photo app can also use their access data to log in to threads. According to Zuckerberg, the app Downloaded 30 million times within hours. However, the launch in Europe has been delayed due to the pending approval from Brussels.
Following Musk’s acquisition of Twitter last year, a number of potential competitors have lined up. So far, however, none has been able to establish itself as a real alternative. Threads is Twitter’s biggest challenger to date, and apparently also worries Musk. “Competition is good, cheating isn’t,” he commented on the news that Twitter is considering a lawsuit against Meta.