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Twitter issues big warning to Threads; says will sue for stealing trade secrets

Twitter is threatening to sue Instagram-powered Threads for the “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and intellectual property”.

| Updated on: Jul 07 2023, 14:17 IST
5 Tech Titans who reacted to Twitter-killer Threads - Jack Dorsey to Elon Musk, check it out
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1/7 On their part, Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, posted this note on the Threads app, “Here we go. We have lots of work to do, but we’re looking to build an open, civil place for people to have conversations.” (REUTERS)
2/7 At the same time, Meta Platforms CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said, "Our vision is to take the best parts of Instagram and create a new experience for text, ideas, and discussing what's on your mind.” (AP)
3/7 Elon Musk - While Musk did not directly talk about the Threads app, the Twitter chief took a dig at Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comment about how Twitter runs, saying, “It is infinitely preferable to be attacked by strangers on Twitter than indulge in the false happiness of hide-the-pain Instagram.” Musk also responded to a meme with a laughing emoji on Twitter which showed a keyboard with copy-and-paste buttons, implying that Threads was just a copycat of Twitter. (REUTERS)
4/7 Jack Dorsey - The former Twitter CEO and current co-founder of Bluesky Social mocked the similar interface of several Twitter alternatives in a tweet. He wrote, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 7 Twitter clones.” (REUTERS)
5/7 Bill Gates - Announcing his arrival on the new microblogging platform, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote on Threads, “I’m excited to jump into @threadsapp,” while also sharing a GIF of him jumping over a chair. (REUTERS)
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6/7 Carl Pei - Nothing co-founder and CEO Carl Pei has also joined Threads. In his first post, he wrote, “I don’t know if Threads is going to make it or not, but at least it has closed the door for Bluesky.” (Bloomberg)
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7/7 M.G. Siegler - In a tweet, M.G. Siegler, general partner at Google Ventures wrote about Threads, “Sort of strange that Instagram is about to launch Threads to try to eat Twitter just as Retro is starting to eat Instagram Stories…” (Google Ventures)
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Meta’s newest social media platform Threads just got a warning from Twitter over stealing company trade secrets. (REUTERS)

In a shocking turn of events, Meta's Instagram-powered social media platform Threads has received a warning from Twitter where it has alleged that the former has stolen trade secrets and intellectual property of the latter. As per reports, Twitter has expressed concerns over Meta's “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation” of Twitter's confidential data and codes to build Threads.

The contents of a leaked email by Twitter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, has been obtained by Semafor, which states, “Based on the recent reports regarding your recently launched ‘Threads' app, Twitter has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (“Meta”) has engaged in systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and intellectual property”.

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Twitter threatens to sue Twitter

The email was sent by Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro, who is also the personal lawyer of Elon Musk. Spiro has claimed Meta had hired “dozens” of former Twitter employees to build Threads, reports The Verge.

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While these employees were hired shortly after Elon Musk took the seat at Twitter, the company maintains that many of them still had access to confidential information on the microblogging platform. The allegation is that Meta took advantage of this access and stole the trade secrets of the company.

Meta has responded to the allegations in a post on Threads. The company communications director Andy Stone said in a post, “To be clear: “No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that's just not a thing.”

Elon Musk reacts

Musk has also reacted to the news of Twitter threatening legal action after an account posted about it. Reacting to it, the billionaire said, “Competition is fine, cheating is not”. 

The Elon Musk-Mark Zuckerberg rivalry saga

The rivalry between Twitter and Meta chief is not a new development. Ever since it was revealed that the latter was building a Twitter-like platform, the two have been at each other's throats, almost literally!

Musk took the first shot after Meta described Threads as “a platform that is sanely run”. In response, Musk tweeted, “I'm sure Earth can't wait to be exclusively under Zuck's thumb with no other options. At least it will be “sane”. Was worried there for a moment”.

Later, responding to a user who reminded Musk that Zuckerberg knows jiu-jitsu, he said, “I'm up for a cage match if he is lol”. Zuckerberg also participated in the banter and replied on his Instagram story with “Send me the location”.

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First Published Date: 07 Jul, 13:56 IST