First he fired Twitter engineers, now Elon Musk is planning to sue company that allegedly hired them
It has only been a little over 24 hours since Threads was released, but the rivalry between Meta and Twittert is heating up.
The battle between Elon Musk, who runs Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg, who leads Meta, has become more intense.
Musk is now angry with Zuckerberg for hiring the same employees he fired from Twitter, he is now planning to sue Meta.
When Elon Musk took over Twitter, he had to let go of about 80 per cent of the employees.
The battle between Elon Musk, who runs Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg, who leads Meta, has become more intense after Meta launched Threads, a rival to Twitter. It has only been a little over 24 hours since Threads was released, but the rivalry between these two big names in the tech industry is heating up. Musk is now angry with Zuckerberg for hiring the same employees he fired from Twitter, he is now planning to sue Meta.
In a surprising turn of events, Elon Musk’s attorney has accused Meta, the parent company of Facebook, of hiring former Twitter employees who were laid off after Musk’s acquisition of the platform. The allegations come shortly after Meta launched its text-based app called Threads. Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that the company had employed “dozens of former Twitter employees” to create a “copycat” app.
The letter further alleges that some of these employees still have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and confidential information, suggesting that they might have retained Twitter documents and electronic devices improperly. Twitter expressed serious concerns about Meta’s alleged “unlawful appropriation” of its trade secrets and intellectual property.
Although there are reports of ex-Twitter employees being part of Meta, it is clarified that none of them are currently working on Threads, as mentioned by Meta’s communications director, Andy Stone. However, a Business Insider report had previously stated that a few ex-Twitter employees had joined Meta.
When Elon Musk took over Twitter, he had to let go of about 80 per cent of the employees, which means most of them lost their jobs. The workforce went from 7,800 people to less than 600 engineers. Musk admitted that it was a tough and painful decision to lay off so many employees.
Since Musk took over Twitter, the platform has undergone several controversial changes, including fewer content moderation rules and the introduction of a paid verification process. The chaotic situation at Twitter reportedly provided an opportunity for Meta employees to develop a rival app, as per The New York Times.
Threads, Meta’s new app, was officially launched and reportedly garnered around 30 million sign-ups within the first 24 hours, according to Mark Zuckerberg’s statement. The allegations made by Musk’s attorney add an unexpected twist to the already intense competition between major tech companies in the social media landscape.
As this legal battle unfolds, the accusations and counterclaims between Meta and Musk’s camp could potentially impact the future trajectory of Threads and the ongoing rivalry between these industry giants.