WASHINGTON, United States — Twitter threatened to sue Meta after the Instagram parent company launched the newest app Threads, which hopes to beat out Elon Musk’s struggling site.
In a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, published by online news outlet Semafor on Thursday, Musk’s lawyer Alex Spiro accused the company of “unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”
In addition, the letter also accused Meta for hiring dozens of former Twitter employees who “had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”
The newest app Threads is by far the biggest challenger yet to Musk-owned Twitter, which has seen a series of competitors emerge but not yet replace one of the world’s biggest social media platforms, despite its struggles lately.
The two multibillionaires even agreed to meet for a hand to hand combat in a cage match.
Zuckerberg’s first tweet in over a decade shows Spiderman pointing at Spiderman meme in an apparent reference to the similarities between Threads and Twitter.
Threads was also able to garner 30 million people within a few hours who had downloaded the app, Zuckerberg said Thursday.
“Feels like the beginning of something special, but we’ve got a lot of work ahead to build the app,” Zuckerberg wrote on his official Threads account Thursday.
Moreover, famous public figures like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Hugh Jackman are now active on Threads, as well as media outlets such as The Washington Post and The Economist.
“It’ll take some time, but I think there should be a public conversations app with 1 billion+ people on it.” Zuckerberg wrote on Threads.
The newest app was launched Wednesday, with Meta positioning Threads as Twitter’s rival.
You can start signing up on Threads using your Instagram credentials and keep your username, followers, and verification status. – WhatALife!/Val