"Twitter is threatening to sue Meta after the release and rapid popularity of its new app Threads.
Alex Spiro, an attorney for Twitter owner Elon Musk, sent Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter Wednesday accusing the company of engaging in “systematic, willful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property,” CNNreports.
Spiro also alleges that Meta deliberately hired dozens of former Twitter employees, who “improperly retained Twitter documents and electronic devices,” to develop the Threads app.
Twitter has been challenged by other smaller social media platforms in recent months, but CNN reports that it has not threatened them with litigation. Threads, a text-based companion to Instagram, reportedly registered 30 million users after its debut Wednesday. And, CNN reports, it was the No. 1 free app in the iOS App Store on Thursday.
Meta owns Instagram and Facebook.
Musk, presumably referring to the threatened legal action, said on Twitter on Thursday: “Competition is fine, cheating is not.”