Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, is threatening legal action against Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, over the launch of the new social media app Threads. Musk’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Zuckerberg regarding Twitter’s “serious concerns” about the legality of Threads.
The letter claims that Meta used “Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property” to build Threads and accuses Meta of hiring “dozens of former Twitter employees,” some of whom “improperly retained Twitter documents and electronic devices.” Spiro also suggested that Meta had been “crawling and scraping” Twitter data on users and followers, reminding the company that such activity is “expressly prohibited.”
Musk confirmed that Twitter will sue Threads and said “Competition is fine, cheating is not”. A spokesman for Meta referred to a Threads post from communications head Any Stone, in which he wrote, “To be clear, no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee—that’s just not a thing.” Stone added in a follow-up Threads comment, regarding Twitter’s suggestion that Meta was “scraping” data, “Interesting, given that Threads is powered by Instagram.”
The situation between the two tech giants continues to develop, with many keeping a close eye on the outcome of this legal battle.
Photo Credit @thatdesignpro on Twitter