The news website Semafor claimed on Thursday that Twitter has threatened to sue Meta Platforms (META.O) over its new Threads platform. The story was based on a letter that Twitter’s lawyer Alex Spiro addressed to the CEO of Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, informing him of Twitter’s intentions.
Threads, which was released by Meta on Wednesday and has registered more than 30 million sign ups, aims to compete with Twitter, which is owned by Elon Musk, by taking use of the billions of users on Instagram.
In his letter, Spiro accused Meta of recruiting former Twitter workers who “had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information,” according to the newspaper. Spiro’s accusations were made against Meta for hiring former Twitter employees.
Spiro said in the letter that Twitter plans to rigorously protect its intellectual property rights and asks that Meta take immediate action to cease utilizing any Twitter trade secrets or other highly private material. Twitter also demands that Meta take urgent steps to stop using any other highly confidential information.
Competition is fine, cheating is not
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2023
Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Meta, stated in a post on Threads that none of the members of the Threads engineering team had previously worked for Twitter since “that’s just not a thing.”
Reuters was told by a person who had previously held a senior position at Twitter that the individual was unaware of any former employees working on Threads or any senior workers who had moved on to work at Meta.
Meanwhile, Twitter owner Musk responded to a tweet that cited the news by saying, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.” The message mentioned the news.
Twitter has seen increased competition from other social media platforms, such as Mastodon and Bluesky, ever since Elon Musk took control of the social media network. The user interface of Threads, on the other hand, has an uncanny resemblance to that of the microblogging platform.