Musk sort-of defined his resolution in a reply this week by claiming that Substack was “making an attempt to obtain a large portion of the Twitter database to bootstrap their Twitter clone” which may be very humorous — simply think about beginning any kind of Twitter competitor and prepopulating it with the rubbish of Twitter — and in addition a reasonably big declare to make with none proof.
Anyhow, Substack CEO Chris Greatest responded to Elon with a publish on Substack Notes, in fact. The characteristic in in beta so there’s no permalink as but, however he handed it alongside to us and we’re posting a screenshot so individuals can check with it.
Greatest says Substack has used the Twitter API for years and thinks they’re in compliance with the phrases of service; the implication is that Twitter by no means informed the corporate about any alleged violation. And naturally, Greatest says the entire scenario is “very irritating,” with a nod to the truth that Substack writers are literally clients of his enterprise software program product; messing with Substack hyperlinks has extra affect on particular person small enterprise house owners than it does on the platform firm.
It’s value noting right here that Andreesen Horowitz is an investor in each Substack and neo-Twitter, in order that’s going nice. And when you’re studying this you may most likely simply react to the phrases “free speech,” “Twitter,” and “Elon Musk” in no matter approach kicks your Saturday evening off proper. I belief you. Occasion onerous.