NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has threatened legal action against Meta over its new text-based app called Threads.
The offering launched this week as a rival to Elon Musk’s social media platform and has drawn tens of millions of users.
In a letter Wednesday to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, an attorney for Twitter accused Meta of unlawfully using Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property by hiring former Twitter employees to create a “copycat” app.
The move ramps up the tensions between the social media giants as Threads targets people seeking out Twitter alternatives amid unpopular changes Musk has made to the platform.
A Meta spokesperson wrote on Threads that “no one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee.”