Meta wants to establish threads as a Twitter alternative
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Elon Musk and Marc Zuckerberg are unlikely to become friends in this lifetime. According to a media report, Twitter is threatening the Facebook group Meta with a lawsuit because of the recently launched competitor app Threads. A Twitter lawyer accused Meta in a letter of using confidential information and internal knowledge of the short message service for threads, the website Semafor wrote, publishing a copy of the letter.
Among other things, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro claimed that Meta had hired dozens of ex-employees of the short message service who had confidential internal information.
Twitter owner Elon Musk had laid off thousands of employees since the takeover last October. Many of them found new jobs at other tech companies.
At Meta, the allegations were denied, Semafor wrote. For example, there were no former Twitter employees working in the Threads development team, it said.
Meta had released its Twitter competitor app on Thursday night. Threads is considered a strong rival for Twitter because the app can draw on a base of more than a billion user accounts from Meta's photo and video app Instagram. Already in the first seven hours, threads came to ten million users, as Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg announced. An analysis of the start of threads can be found here.