Semafor: Twitter threatens to sue Meta over Threads app

July 7, 2023  00:55

Twitter threatens to sue Meta for its new app, Threads, Semafor reports. In a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg published by Semafor, a lawyer for Twitter said the company has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) is engaged in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property.” 

"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," attorney Alex Spiro wrote.

Meta officially launched its new app, Threads. It is a short messaging social media platform similar to Twitter.
More than five million people signed up to Threads just a few hours after its launch, Mark Zuckerberg wrote on this service's page.

The new app is very similar to Twitter, although some wording has changed. For example, "retweet" is called "repost" and "tweet" is called "thread." Posts in Threads can be up to 500 characters long. For comparison, that's 280 characters for most Twitter users.

Threads users can post videos up to five minutes long. Also, they can unsubscribe, block, limit messages, and filter replies by using specific words. This new social media platform is currently available in more than 100 countries.

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