Mark Zuckerberg

Elon Musk has moved the Mark Zuckerberg fight from Vegas to Italy. Image via Instagram @zuck/ @elonmusk

Legal battle? Mark Zuckerberg’s Threads vs Elon Musk’s Twitter

Twitter CEO, Elon Musk threatened Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after he launched his new Threads app on Wednesday, 5 July via Instagram.

Mark Zuckerberg

Elon Musk has moved the Mark Zuckerberg fight from Vegas to Italy. Image via Instagram @zuck/ @elonmusk

On Wednesday, 5 July, Facebook CEO and multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of his new app called Threads; after his announcement, another multi-billionaire, Tesla founder and Twitter CEO, Elon Musk threatened to sue him and claimed that the new Threads app had wrongfully obtained Twitter’s trade secrets and electronic devices.


Mark Zuckerberg’s new Threads app is a platform where social media users can share their thoughts, ideas, and just be part of a “friendly community” online.

“Our vision is to take the best parts of Instagram and create a new experience for text, ideas, and discussing what’s on your mind. I think the world needs this kind of friendly community, and I’m grateful to all of you who are part of Threads from day one,” Zuckerberg said.

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Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, along with Biz Stone, and Evan Williams, launched Twitter in 2006. Previously, Musk had accused Twitter of withholding information from him and threatened to pull out of the deal to buy Twitter, CNBC reported. After months of lawsuits and deliberations, Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion (an estimated R826 billion) in 2022, New York Times reported.

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Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg launched a new app. Image via Instagram @zuck/ @elonmusk


After learning about Zuckerberg’s Threads app, Musk threatened to file a lawsuit against him and raised several issues why he is against it’s launch. On Twitter, the Tesla founder and Twitter CEO said that he was all for healthy competition but did not appreciate cheaters.

“Competition is fine, cheating is not,” Musk said.

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In a leaked legal letter directed to Zuckerberg, Musk’s attorney, Alex Spyro penned,

 “I write on behalf of X Corp as successor in interest to Twitter, Inc, (Twitter) based on recent reports regarding your recently launched “Threads” app, Twitter has serious concerns that Meta platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic willful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”

 “Over the past year, Meta has hired dozens of former Twitter employees. Twitter knows that these employees previously worked at Twitter, and that these employees had and continue to have access to Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information; that these employees owe ongoing obligations to Twitter, and that many of these employees have improperly retained Twitter documents and electronic devices. With that knowledge, Meta deliberately assigned these employees to develop, in a matter of months, Meta’s copycat “Threats” app with the specific intent that they are Twitter trade secrets and other intellectual property,” the letter read.

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“Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secret or other highly confidential information,” the letter added.

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