Twitter brawls over Threads stealing trade secrets; Here’s what could happen

Twitter has claimed that Meta Platforms stole trade secrets to build its new microblogging site.

Twitter has claimed that Meta Platforms stole trade secrets to build its new microblogging site, which may be the first step in this legal battle between the social media giants, but experts have put forth that Twitter would have to clear a quite a few blocks if it sues.

Through a letter, Twitter alleged that Meta used its trade secrets to develop its new social media platform, Threads, and demanded that it stop using the information. Twitter said that Meta has hired a ton of former Twitter employees, many of whom “improperly retained” the trade secrets and documents from the company, and said Meta had knowingly assigned them to work on Threads. Meta spokesperson Andy Stone shared in a Threads post on Thursday that no one on the site’s engineering team belonged to the former Twitter team. Legal experts said that while many companies have accused competitors that hired former employees and have a similar product of stealing trade secrets, the cases are difficult to prove.

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Meta had launched Threads on Wednesday in what could be termed as the first real threat to Twitter, which has alienated many users and advertisers since billionaire Elon Musk bought the microblogging site last year. Threads do share some resemblance to Twitter but so do the various other social media sites that have cropped up in the last several months.