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Keith Olbermann: Elon Musk Doesn’t Have a Leg to Stand On in Potential Threads Suit

The launch of Threads has reportedly been a hot-button issue for Twitter owner Elon Musk. The company has threatened legal action against Mark Zuckerberg and the upstart platform. Keith Olbermann laughed off the idea that Musk had a right to sue.

During his Countdown podcast Friday, Olbermann argued that the situation is a product of Musk’s actions.

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“Threads has launched, as you know, it’s pretty much Twitter with a different typeface,” Olbermann said. “Not that different. Elon Musk and Twitter had threatened to sue Mark Zuckerberg. Ordinarily, you’d think they might have a good case, except for the premise of the threatened suit that Zuckerberg hired ex-Twitter employees to create a copycat.

“Two problems with that. Threads responds that nobody on the engineering team is a former Twitter employee. And it was, after all, Elon Musk who fired those hundreds of Twitter employees he now wants to sue for going to work elsewhere. What? Are we living in Russia?”

In a letter sent from X Corp. — parent company of Twitter — attorney Alex Spiro alleged that Meta — parent company to Threads — had knowingly hired former Twitter employees to create the “copycat” social media platform.

“Twitter has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (‘Meta’) has engaged in systemic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property,” Spiro wrote.

Meta has denied any wrongdoing.

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