Twitter Threatens Sue Meta Over Threads: Report

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Twitter is threatening authorized motion in opposition to Meta Platforms over its new Threads platform, Semafor reported on Thursday, citing a letter despatched to the Fb mother or father’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg by Twitter’s lawyer Alex Spiro.

“Twitter intends to strictly implement its mental property rights, and calls for that Meta take quick steps to cease utilizing any Twitter commerce secrets and techniques or different extremely confidential info,” Spiro wrote within the letter.

Meta launched Threads on Wednesday because the social media agency appears to tackle Elon Musk’s Twitter by making the most of Instagram’s billions of customers.

Meta and Spiro didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.

In the meantime, analysts have mentioned Threads’ ties to Instagram may give it a built-in person base and promoting equipment. That might siphon advert {dollars} from Twitter at a time when its new CEO is attempting to revive its struggling enterprise.

Whereas Threads launched as a standalone app, customers can log in utilizing their Instagram credentials and observe the identical accounts, doubtlessly making it a simple addition to present habits for Instagram’s greater than 2 billion month-to-month lively customers.

“Buyers can not help however be a little bit excited in regards to the prospect that Meta actually has a ‘Twitter-Killer’,” mentioned Danni Hewson, head of economic evaluation at funding agency AJ Bell.

Others noticed the launch of Threads as a possibility to create a much less poisonous model of Twitter.

“Might this platform have good vibes, sturdy group, wonderful humor, and fewer harassment,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned in her publish.

Very like Twitter, the app options quick textual content posts that customers can like, re-post and reply to, though it doesn’t embody any direct messaging capabilities. Posts might be as much as 500 characters lengthy and embody hyperlinks, photographs and movies as much as 5 minutes lengthy, in response to a Meta weblog publish.

It’s accessible in additional than 100 nations on each Apple’s App Retailer and Google’s Play Retailer, the weblog publish mentioned.

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