Twitter threatens to sue Meta over rival Threads app
Elon Musk’s X Corp. has threatened to sue Meta, developers of Facebook and Instagram, following the launch of Threads, a new app set to directly rival Twitter, which has become increasingly disliked by its users following Musk’s turbulent takeover of the platform last year.
Threads, which is available now from the App Store, focuses on text-based conversations, with users able to like, share and comment on other users posts, directly port over Instagram followers and following lists, and use their existing Instagram username on the app.
Following today’s launch, which has seen Threads gain over 30 million users in its first 24 hours, Twitter’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, has written to Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg to say it “intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights,” according to news site Semafor.
Threads has been described as a potential “Twitter killer,” launching at a time when users are revolting against the changes made to the platform since its acquisition, including loosened content moderation, controversial changes to its verification system, a focus on paywalling features such as TweetDeck, and the recent introduction of rate limits, which cap how many tweets users can read.
“It demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information,” Mr Spiro reportedly wrote in the letter.
Elon Musk wrote on Twitter: “Competition is fine, cheating is not,” in response to the report.