September 21, 2023

Threads, the brand new Twitter clone launched by Meta earlier this week has been producing numerous curiosity, and Twitter isn’t completely satisfied about it. Certainly, Semafor reported yesterday that Twitter is now threatening Meta with a lawsuit for launching a “copycat” app that violates Twitter’s mental property.

In a letter despatched to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alex Spiro, a lawyer for Twitter accused Meta of poaching ex-Twitter staff who “had and proceed to have entry to Twitter’s commerce secrets and techniques and different extremely confidential info.”

The lawyer added that Meta “intentionally assigned these staff to develop, in a matter of months, Meta’s copycat “Threads” app with the precise intent that they use Twitter’s commerce secrets and techniques and different mental property with the intention to speed up the event of Meta’s competing app, in violation of each state and federal legislation in addition to these worker’s ongoing obligations to Twitter.”

Talking with Semafor, Andy Stone, Meta’s Communications director promptly dismissed these accusations. “Nobody on the Threads engineering staff is a former Twitter worker — that’s simply not a factor,” the exec mentioned.

After buying Twitter final fall, Elon Musk’s first large transfer was to get rid of over half of the corporate’s workforce to chop prices. And the corporate did so in a reasonably brutal manner, with Elon Musk even making enjoyable of staff being laid off.

“I want to apologize for firing these geniuses. Their immense expertise will little question be of nice use elsewhere,” Musk wrote on November 15 in a sarcastic tweet that undoubtedly didn’t age effectively. Yesterday, Musk had fully modified his tone and tweeted that “competitors is ok, dishonest is just not.”

Even when Meta did rent ex-Twitter staff, as Spiro claimed, the corporate has each proper to take action. Anyway, it’s onerous to think about how an enormous firm like Meta working apps utilized by billions of customers didn’t have already got the dimensions and expertise to construct a Twitter competitor by itself.

Meta mentioned yesterday that Threads was created by the Instagram staff, and that’s why you want an Instagram account to make use of the app. As of at this time, customers can publish messages (as much as 500 phrases), footage, and movies, however Twitter-like hashtags will not be supported. There’s additionally no chronological timeline and personal messages, and the online app is view-only.

Regardless of these limitations, Mark Zuckerberg wrote shared on his Threads profile yesterday that the app had already crossed 30 million signups. “Seems like the start of one thing particular, however we’ve obtained numerous work forward to construct out the app,” the Meta CEO mentioned.