Musk Threatens To Sue Zuckerberg Over Twitter Rival

Posted July 6, 2023 by with 4 comments

The battle of the most boring douche bags on earth wages on. If only this were a real-life duel with guns so they could just shoot each other dead. Via Semafor:

Twitter is threatening legal action against Meta over its new text-based “Twitter killer” platform, accusing the social media giant of poaching former employees to create a “copycat” application.

On Wednesday, Instagram parent company Meta introduced Threads, a text-based companion to Instagram that resembles Twitter and other text-based social platforms. Just hours later, a lawyer for Twitter, Alex Spiro, sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the company of engaging 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,” Spiro wrote in a letter obtained exclusively by Semafor. “Twitter reserves all rights, including, but not limited to, the right to seek both civil remedies and injunctive relief without further notice to prevent any further retention, disclosure, or use of its intellectual property by Meta.”

Spiro accused Meta of hiring dozens of former Twitter employees who “had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information.”

[Semafor]

For what it’s worth (and this might sound impossible), in its current iteration, Threads is actually worse than Twitter. For one, there’s no desktop version, so you can only use it on your phone. Even worse, there’s no way to control your feed, so all of the “threads” (tweets) you see are from millions of random assholes using the app—none of whom you’re actually following. I started blocking and muting each one, but after 10 minutes, I realized I was just wasting more time on some billionaire’s brain-damaging plaything.