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‘Cage fight’ with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be live streamed on X (Twitter), announces Elon Musk

The tension between the two escalated notably since the introduction of the Threads app.

It is now clear that X sees Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta as a competitive threat, Elon Musk’s latest posts are the proof. X CEO tweeted, “Am lifting weights throughout the day, preparing for the fight. Don’t have time to work out, so I just bring them to work.”

This was followed by another tweet directly pointing out at Zuckerberg. He wrote, “Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on 𝕏. All proceeds will go to charity for veterans.” Last month, Musk challenged the CEO of Meta and asked him for a “Cage fight.”

Musk tweeted, “I have a proposal for Mr. Zuckerberg… Winner of our fight gets ownership of the other persons social media platform for 24 HOURS. You win, you get Twitter. I win, I get Meta. Let me know. Best, Elon “your wife drives a Tesla” Musk.” To which Zuckerberg responded, “send me the location.”

The tension between the two escalated notably since the introduction of the Threads app. In July, when Meta owner marked his return to the social media platform Twitter after 11 years. Taking to Twitter, Zuckerberg posted a meme, which showcased a man dressed as the superhero, Spiderman pointing at another dressed in the same costume. The meme did not have any captions.

This post of Zuckerberg came in a few hours after his company Meta unveiled ‘Threads’ a new app designed to directly compete with Elon Musk’s Twitter. Several assumed that he mocked Musk through this meme, pointing toward Meta’s new app ‘Threads’. Soon after Zuckerberg shares the post, fans swamped the comment section with their hilarious reactions.

Musk’s X has threatened the latter with a lawsuit following the successful launch of Meta’s new Twitter rival, Threads, reported CNN. An attorney for Twitter on Wednesday sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing Meta of stealing trade secrets by employing former Twitter employees. Semafor was the first to report on the letter. The veracity of the letter was confirmed to CNN by a source with knowledge of the situation.

In a letter, Alex Spiro, an outside lawyer for Twitter owner Elon Musk, claimed that Meta had committed “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”In response to reports on the letter, Musk tweeted: “Competition is fine, cheating is not.”

The letter goes on to say that Meta hired former Twitter employees who “have improperly retained Twitter documents and electronic devices” and that Meta “deliberately” involved these employees in developing Threads. “Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights,” Spiro said, adding, “and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using any Twitter trade secrets or other highly confidential information.”

The letter was dismissed by Meta spokesperson Andy Stone. “No one on the Threads engineering team is a former Twitter employee — that’s just not a thing,” he said on Threads, as per CNN. Since Musk paid USD 44 billion to buy Twitter, the social network has faced competition from an increasing number of smaller microblogging sites, including the decentralized social network Mastodon and Bluesky, a rival supported by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

However, Twitter has not indicated that it will file a lawsuit. Unlike some Twitter competitors, Threads has grown quickly, and, according to Zuckerberg, 30 million users signed up for the app on its first day. Threads was the number-one free app on the iOS App Store as of Thursday afternoon.

According to Carl Tobias, a law expert at the University of Richmond, the legal threat may or may not result in litigation, but it might be a tactic to impede Meta. “Sometimes lawyers, they threaten but don’t follow through. Or they see how far they can go. That may be the case, but I don’t know that for sure,” Tobias told CNN.

He added: “There may be some value to tying it up in litigation and complicating life for Meta,” CNN reported. Let’s wait for what happens next.

(This news report is published from a syndicated feed. Except for the headline, the content has not been written or edited by OpIndia staff)

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