Twitter Threatens To Sue Meta Over Threads
Twitter has issued a threat to sue Meta, the parent company of Instagram, just hours after Meta launched Threads, an app aimed at surpassing the struggling Twitter platform. The legal action comes as a result of alleged data scraping by Meta and the potential use of Twitter’s trade secrets and confidential information. Elon Musk‘s lawyer, Alex Spiro, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, emphasizing Twitter’s intention to protect its intellectual property rights and demanding that Meta cease using any Twitter-related proprietary information. The letter also states that Twitter reserves the right to pursue both civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice.
Elon Musk confirmed the reports of the impending lawsuit on his social media page, stating, “Competition is fine, cheating is not.” Threads represents the most significant challenge to Musk’s ownership of Twitter, as previous competitors have not managed to replace the social media giant despite its ongoing struggles.
The rivalry between Zuckerberg and Musk escalated further with Zuckerberg’s recent move against Musk. The two billionaires have agreed to meet for a physical confrontation in a cage match. Zuckerberg responded to the launch of Threads by posting a meme featuring Spiderman pointing at Spiderman, implying the similarities between the new app and Twitter.
Threads was made available for download on Apple and Android app stores in 100 countries at 2300 GMT on Wednesday. Within a few hours, over 30 million people had downloaded the app, according to Zuckerberg. He acknowledged that there is still a lot of work to be done to develop the app but expressed his optimism, calling it the beginning of something special. Several notable figures, including Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Hugh Jackman, and media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Economist, already had active accounts on Threads.
Zuckerberg expressed his vision for Threads, stating that he envisions a public conversations app with over 1 billion users, although he acknowledged that achieving this would take time and effort.