Twitter is understandably very pissed off about the launch of Threads, Instagram’s social media platform that looks and works just like Twitter – but do they have a case to sue?
If you look at Mark Zuckerberg’s own Twitter, you’d say so. Instagram’s owner hasn’t tweeted in months but broke the silence to post the Spiderman meme above, in an obvious dig at Twitter after the successful launch of Threads. Is it admission that Threads and Twitter are basically the same thing? You could think so.
On Friday, the BBC reported that Twitter is indeed threatening legal action against Meta, Instagram, Threads & Facebook’s mother company, for the “”systematic, wilful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.
Twitter is accusing Meta of hiring former Twitter engineers to create a Threads as a Twitter clone, with Elon Musk Musk saying that “competition is fine, cheating is not” after the media found out about the legal action being undertaken.
“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights, and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” said the company in a letter.
What is Meta’s response? Other than Zuckerberg’s hilarious Tweet, which might mean a fight between Zuckerberg and Musk could still be on, other representatives said that the suit has no basis in reality.
On Threads, Meta spokesperson Andy Stone posted that “no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee – that’s just not a thing”.