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Elon Musk Adds Twitter Whistleblower Allegations To Amended Counterclaim

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Elon Musk’s legal team amended its counterclaim against Twitter on Thursday to include allegations from Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, the former head of security at the social media giant.

Musk’s counterclaim alleges that Twitter violated its obligations under his $44 billion acquisition agreement by misrepresenting the total number of spam and fake accounts on its platform. Twitter claims spam and fake accounts make up less than 5% of his users.

“Needless to say, the latest revelations make it undeniably clear that the Musk parties have the full right to opt out of the merger agreement.

Former Twitter employee testifies

Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko testifies during a Senate judiciary hearing investigating data security at risk in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin/AP Newsroom)

Zatko filed an 84-page whistleblowing complaint with Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Justice Department in July, accusing Twitter of: “Extreme Serious Flaws” in Cybersecurity. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that the Indian government had posted agents on Twitter and was informed by Chinese government intelligence that “at least one agent” was “on the payroll.”

In addition to Twitter’s security flaws, Zatko alleges in its complaint that Twitter executives “are not motivated to accurately ‘detect’ or report spam bots on the platform.” ing. Instead, he is said to be encouraged to increase the company’s monetizable number of his daily active users (mDAU) with a bonus that could exceed $10 million. He also claims that his Twitter does not have the resources to fully understand the true number of bots on the platform.

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“In the face of Zatko’s devastating analysis, Twitter did exactly what Elon Musk did when he started raising questions about fake spam accounts and mDAU: ignoring, hiding the issue, and attacking Messenger. ‘ says Musk’s amended counterclaim..

“As for Musk, Twitter intercepted his request for information, violated his rights under the merger agreement, and then initiated this phantom lawsuit after he duly terminated the deal. Both episode reveals Twitter goes to great lengths and illegally to avoid disclosing its true state of affairs. , legal compliance, etc. ”

“In short, the Musk Party and many of Twitter’s other investors have been sold to a company separate from Twitter that actually exists.

Musk said Twitter refused to explain how the bot was calculated, saying it was “very suspicious.” (Getty Images | istock)


The amended counterclaim comes as Twitter prepares to take Musk to court in a five-day court scheduled to begin on October 17. In addition to the counterclaims, Musk filed three separate termination notices to get him out of the deal. , Twitter calls it “void and illegal.”

“Mr. Musk’s allegations are factually inaccurate, legally inadequate and commercially irrelevant,” a Twitter spokesperson told FOX Business on Friday. looking forward to it.”

On Wednesday, Twitter shareholders voted to approve the Musk acquisition.