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Although Musk wrote that he was happy with the competition, he made it clear that he would not tolerate deception. The billionaire’s remarks came after Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg threatening legal action.
Competition is fine, cheating is not
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 6, 2023
According to Spiro’s letter, the Meta hired former Twitter employees who had access to sensitive information, including Twitter’s trade secrets. Spiro wrote that Meta commissioned these employees to develop a copycat app called Threads, alleging that the company used Twitter’s trade secrets and intellectual property to speed up the development of the competitor’s app.
In addition, Spiro also emphasized that the letter serves as an official notice to Meta about the retention of any documents related to the dispute between Twitter and Meta, as well as the former Twitter employees who Meta now works for.
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Spiro also noted that Meta has no right to scan or collect Twitter followers or data. The lawyer wrote that this is prohibited for any reason without the prior consent of the company.
On July 5, Meta’s new text-based social network, Threads, was launched in 100 countries. The app was rolled out days after the Twitter rate-limiting fiasco, when the social platform temporarily limited the number of posts users could read.