Elon Musk accuses Meta of stealing Twitter employees

Emre Çitak
Jul 7, 2023
Updated • Jul 7, 2023

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has accused Meta, the parent company of Facebook, of stealing Twitter employees to launch Threads, a new social media app that is similar to Twitter.

In a tweet on July 7, 2023, Musk said, "Competition is fine, cheating is not. Meta literally just stole dozens of Twitter employees who worked on our direct competitors, the ones who know the product best".

You may see Musk's tweet below.

Musk also said that he would be "looking into" the matter and that he would take "appropriate action" if necessary.

Background of the allegations

Musk has a history of being critical of Meta. In the past, he has called the company "a copycat" and has said that it is "not innovative." He has also said that he believes that Meta is "a dying company".

In April 2022, Musk made an offer to buy Twitter for $44 billion. Since then he has been a leading face on social media platforms.

What is Threads?

Threads is a new social media app that was launched by Meta in May 2023. The app is designed for sharing personal moments with friends and family. Threads users can create posts, share photos and videos, and send direct messages.

The app has been compared to Twitter, as it allows users to share short posts with their followers. However, Threads also has some features that are different from Twitter, such as the ability to create group chats and the ability to share photos and videos in a more private way.

Elon Musk threatens Threads
The launch Threads is clearly shaking the reputation of Twitter

What's next?

It is unclear what Musk will do next in regards to the allegations that Meta stole Twitter employees. However, it is clear that he is not happy about the situation.

It is also unclear what Meta will do in response to Musk's allegations. The company has not yet commented on the matter.

The situation remains fluid, and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

Elon Musk's allegations that Meta stole Twitter employees are serious. If true, it would be a violation of Twitter's intellectual property and could have legal implications. It is also a sign of the growing rivalry between Musk and Meta and Meta has not yet responded to Musk's allegations.


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  1. Honorius said on July 11, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    The 4 Point Plan by EMusk:
    1. Step one – Fire 80% of the employees
    2. Step two – Wait for them to get a job
    3. ????
    4. PROFIT!!! – Complain that competitors have hired these fired employees

  2. TelV said on July 8, 2023 at 11:41 am

    And talking about the “core social values” that Musk has pledged to uphold, one might ask why he reinstated some of the most hateful accounts which had been banned by Dorsey. These same accounts are now earning Musk $19 million a year in ad revenue according to this site:

    Has Musk no shame? He seems to be encouraging vile individuals like misogynists and complot theorists to publish their crap on Twitter.

    Much as I don’t use any Meta apps or anything like them I hope Threads knocks Musk off his pedestal in the not too distant future, or failing that, bring him to his senses.

    1. Anonymous said on July 9, 2023 at 5:01 am

      @TelV, no, he has no shame.

    2. Anonymous said on July 9, 2023 at 12:03 am


      “And talking about the “core social values” that Musk has pledged to uphold”

      You misspelled “core social values”. It should be “Core Socialist Values”

      Elon Musk Signs Letter Pledging Tesla’s Commitment to China’s ‘Core Socialist Values”


    3. Karl said on July 8, 2023 at 10:56 pm

      Anything and anyone can be considered “hateful” by the good folks these days, so whatever anyone claim to be hateful depends on their very own definition of hateful, which can change from day to day. Same goes for misogynist, theorists and whatever else people like to “stamp” on other people’s forehead. Instead of banning everyone you may disagree with, come with counterarguments and uphold freedom of speech for everyone and not just a few that happen to think “right” and be considered “good” people, and those who think “wrong” are bad and evil people. It needs to end. Based on my research, the “good” people behind your linked site are doing something I could never see myself do, lobbying big tech to get individual people or websites removed from social media platforms or search engines. Absolutely disgusting behavior, no matter who their target might be.

      1. owl said on July 9, 2023 at 1:56 am


        I cannot overlook your opinion.
        Your logic is “the cliché of the bad guys”.

        What unprincipled “freedom” brings is lawlessness, and it will inevitably be “ruled by strong power (money and violence)”, freedom and fairness will be lost, and destined to be relentless oppressed under the rule of power.

        Liberty must be “fair under the law (regardless of origin, rich or poor).”
        In short, the value of one person, one vote.

        An act that violates the “law” is truly an “illegal act”, and it is an immutable theorem that it is evil (sin).
        When changing laws and regulations, “the consent of voters and formal procedures are necessary” in order to ensure fairness. If it is neglected and enforced unilaterally, it is a “dictatorship.”

        To “deify” someone would mean delegating absolute power, and justice and liberty would be lost forever.
        Elon Musk’s similarities to Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Stalin, and Trump are palpable.
        If they take power, it will have a extremely alarming an miserable end.
        Such a sense of values may give rise to “absolute power” and allow “fascism”.

      2. Karl said on July 11, 2023 at 2:57 pm

        You wrote:

        “Twitter (of Elon Musk) is a propaganda tool for Trump”

        No, not really. Any tool can be used correctly or wrongly, depending on how you see it. There are always more sides than one, even if one side is all you see. You need to open your views and see that you also need to defend other people’s right to freedom of speech and expression at all costs, otherwise you should not expect them to defend and stand up for you, should you become someone’s target. I have never wanted anyone silenced, cancelled and bullied off of the Internet because I lightly or strongly disagree with them, it is not part of my nature to behave like that against anyone. And when you for real in a genuine way seem to compare Elon Musk with Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Stalin, knowing what they did? – there is no point in writing any more counter arguments.

      3. Karl said on July 11, 2023 at 2:24 pm


        No, that is not what I base my comment on, it is only how you interpret what I wrote. In todays western world you can get your bank account closed for, not having enaged in criminality of any kind, but only by having “bad/wrong opinions, values whatever” according to the bank. Those decisions are not made by people like Elon Musk but people with what you call “absolute power”. If that sounds healthy to you, then you have nothing to worry about.

      4. owl said on July 9, 2023 at 3:47 am

        as a case study:
        Enabling Act of 1933
        When Hitler came to power, he unilaterally claimed that he had “dictatorship”.
        Although there are opinions that the law was enacted by legitimate means, Karl-Dietrich Blacher argued that obtaining consent by deception or blackmail, arresting left-wing parliamentarians, and reforming state governments were clearly illegal.

  3. owl said on July 8, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Both @dibor and @Howard Pearce “quoted” the ghacks article, and as @leland commented, the ghacks article poor.

    When article writing on such “dispute topics” from the standpoint of a third party, the official announcements of both official announcements should be included.

    The ghacks article merely conveys (justifies) the “claims of Elon Musk”.

    Or maybe the ghacks are siding with Elon Musk. This is a very halfway article, and could invite BS.

    1. owl said on July 8, 2023 at 3:05 am

      Text correction:
      > before correction,
      Both @dibor and @Howard Pearce “quoted” the ghacks article, and as @leland commented, the ghacks article poor.
      > after correction,
      Both @dibor and @Howard Pearce “quoted” the ghacks article, and as @Zinc Whiskers commented, the ghacks article poor.

      1. owl said on July 8, 2023 at 3:17 am

        By the way,
        the articles by the author “Emre Çitak” are always low-quality articles (the articles are not structured from a third-party perspective with respect to the source), but could it be an “AI robot”?
        If that is the case, it should be clearly stated (title) that it is “not human”.

  4. leland said on July 8, 2023 at 1:23 am

    Considering Musk fired the employees and often did not pay severance even though he was supposed to I suspect any judge seeing this case may not by sympathetic to Musk’s suit. Besides the fact many of the non compete contracts have been found unenforceable in recent history I suspect Musk is doing little more than huffing and puffing…

  5. Zinc Whiskers said on July 7, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    Where’s Meta response?

    They’ve said none of the ex-Twitter employees are on the Threads team…

  6. Hans-Martin said on July 7, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    “Big baby cries about normal market behaviors as soon as they are not in his favor anymore… typical pathetic Musk. Especially after his shitty behavior of mocking the employees he just fired…

  7. Howard Pearce said on July 7, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    ” Meta literally just stole dozens of Twitter employees who worked on our direct competitors”

    Stole as in kidnapped ?

    Or just lured away by means Mush disapproves ?

    DO they work at their new job voluntarily ?

    1. weaselspleen said on July 8, 2023 at 10:43 pm

      Stole as in “I fired them and they got new jobs”

  8. dibor said on July 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    “Competition is fine” coming from the guy who censors links to substack

    1. dibor said on July 8, 2023 at 6:55 am

      Aaaaaand just as he also commits to ending price competition and uphold “core socialist values”, making Tesla the only foreign automaker in China to do so.

      Talking out both sides of his ass on a dumpster fire social media platform, not paying his bills and then threatening to sue anyone making him look bad…feels so familiar

  9. dibor said on July 7, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    “In April 2022, Musk made an offer to buy Twitter for $44 billion. The deal is still pending regulatory approval.”
    ^ this is what happens when you use a text generator for production and don’t bother much to proofread your resulting articles

  10. pHROZEN gHOST said on July 7, 2023 at 1:58 pm

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