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Twitter vs. Meta: Trade Secrets Theft Allegations Amidst Threads Launch

Posted by Ryan M. Newburn | Oct 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Hours after the launch of Threads, Alex Spiro, an attorney for Twitter, sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing Meta of engaging in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.” The letter asserts that Meta has hired dozens of ex-Twitter employees with access to Twitter’s trade secrets and “ongoing obligations” to Twitter. It goes on to accuse Meta of “deliberately assign[ing] these employees to develop, in a matter of months, Meta’s copycat ‘Threads’ app with the specific intent that they use Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property[.]” The letter demands that “Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information.”