Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has filed a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, over Threads, a new app that aims to compete with Twitter.
Threads, which was launched on July 5, 2023, by Meta's Instagram team, allows users to share text posts up to 500 words, as well as photos and videos up to five minutes long. The app is linked to users' Instagram accounts (including followers) and is available in more than 100 countries, except the European Union.
Musk claims that Meta poached former Twitter employees to create Threads, which he calls a "copycat" of Twitter. He also accuses Meta of violating Twitter's patents and trademarks, as well as engaging in unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.
"Competition is fine, cheating is not," Musk tweeted on Thursday, along with a link to the lawsuit.
Zuckerberg has denied the allegations and said that Threads is a unique and innovative product that offers a different experience from Twitter. He said that Meta hired former Twitter employees based on their skills and qualifications, not to steal trade secrets.
The launch of Threads also comes amid a turbulent time for Twitter, which has faced outages, user backlash and regulatory scrutiny since Musk took over the platform in February. Musk has introduced controversial changes to Twitter, such as limiting the number of tweets users can view per day and charging for premium features such as verification.
Musk responded to Dorsey's tweet with a single word: "Yeah."
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