Figuratively speaking, the trial between Elon Musk and the leadership of Twitter is entering the home stretch, as there is just over a month left before the decisive court hearing. Representatives of the interests of the billionaire argue that he has several independent and sufficient reasons for refusing the deal, and the presence of information security problems in the social network is one of them.
Former Twitter Chief Information Security Officer Peiter Zatko speaking to US congressmen, explains Reuters, only strengthened Musk’s side in the belief that the company’s management was hiding significant information security problems. Elon Musk was able to supplement his lawsuit with appropriate arguments, although Twitter representatives continue to argue that Peter Zatko’s statements are untenable, and he was fired from the company for failing to provide the required work results.
According to Musk’s lawyers, Twitter also hid from him the fact of non-compliance with the requirements of the Federal Trade Commission from 2011, which describe the rules for processing user data. The testimony of Peter Zatko alone, according to Musk’s representatives, is enough to refuse to fulfill the terms of the deal to purchase the social network, and there are several accompanying independent reasons. Twitter’s lawyers believe that these arguments are not very convincing.
Simultaneously reportedthat Twitter did not influence the former head of its consumer division, Kayvon Beykpour, who still has not submitted documents to the judiciary that could shed light on the question of the share of bots in the audience of the social network. His legal representatives told Twitter this month that their client is outside the United States, and therefore cannot comply with the requirements of a court of American jurisdiction in the field of obtaining a subpoena and other actions. Musk’s side believes that Twitter can maintain influence on the former leader, and even pay for his lawyers, and therefore, if desired, could persuade him to testify. Last month, the judge agreed to add documents that Bakepur could provide to the case file. Twitter rejects accusations by Musk’s lawyers of trying to delay the transfer of documents and hide witnesses.
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