September 16, 2022

Judge Rules in Favor of Elon Musk Against Twitter

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Last week, a judge ruled in Elon Musk’s favor allowing him to use evidence from a Twitter whistleblower in his legal case against the social media company. 

The Background: 

Earlier this year, Elon Musk made a bid to purchase Twitter. However, during the purchase process, it was uncovered that Twitter’s claim of only 5% of their users being bots was false.  The number of fake accounts is in actuality closer to 33%.  When the truth came to light, Elon Musk claimed that due to the lower number of monetizable daily users, the original $44 billion sale price was no longer justifiable, blaming Twitter’s false numbers. Now Twitter is suing Musk over breach of contract.

The whistleblower and former Twitter executive Peiter “Mudge” Zatko claims that Twitter did not have the resources to track the true number of bot accounts.

Zatko also claims Twitter leadership misled board members and government officials about potential vulnerabilities that left the platform open to hacking, foreign manipulation, and spying. He asserted that one or more current employees are working for a foreign intelligence agency according to DailyWire. 

A trial to determine the status of the acquisition deal is scheduled for October 17.

Notable Quotes: 

“Musk refuses to honor his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests.” – Twitter lawsuit filing

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