In a move that could escalate the ongoing feud between Twitter and Meta, Twitter has threatened to sue Meta for allegedly stealing trade secrets and intellectual property.
The alleged theft centers around Meta’s new social media platform, Threads, which is designed to compete with Twitter’s own microblogging platform. Twitter alleges that Meta hired dozens of former Twitter employees who had access to trade secrets and other confidential information, and then used that information to develop Threads.
In a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, accused Meta of engaging in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.” Spiro demanded that Meta “take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information.”
Meta has denied the allegations, with a spokesperson saying that “no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee.” However, Twitter has said that it has “credible evidence” to support its claims.
The dispute between Twitter and Meta is just the latest in a series of clashes between the two companies. In recent months, Meta has been accused of copying features from Twitter, such as its “Fleets” ephemeral messaging feature. Twitter has also sued Meta over its alleged misuse of user data.
It remains to be seen whether Twitter will actually sue Meta over the alleged trade secret theft. However, the threat of legal action is a clear sign that the two companies are not backing down from their rivalry.
In other news, Mastodon, BlueSky, Post, etc. have never sparked threats of legal action even though they use the same microblogging interface.
This suggests that Twitter’s concerns are not simply about competition, but about the potential for Meta to use its vast resources to unfairly copy Twitter’s technology. The outcome of this dispute could have major implications for the future of social media.