Musk Twitter Battle Intensifies

Published on 11 Aug 2022

Musk, Twitter, Battle

Elon Musk's attorneys scored a partial victory in their Delaware Court of Chancery dispute with Twitter by filing a petition asking for information from 22 Twitter workers, or "custodians," in addition to the 41 employees on whom both parties had previously agreed to provide data. Judge Kathaleen McCormick decided on the matter on Monday afternoon, determining that Twitter must "collect, examine, and submit records" from just one of the identified individuals: Twitter's former director of consumer product, Kayvon Beykpour.

As the October 17 trial date for Twitter's lawsuit against Musk for trying to break up their $44 billion deal approaches — and as Musk sells billions of dollars worth of Tesla stock — Musk's lawyers are searching for evidence to bolster their claims that Twitter committed fraud, while Twitter's legal team issues subpoenas to aid their case. According to unnamed sources, Musk's legal team was collecting information from Twitter workers ranging from mid-level executives to lower-level staff. His legal team also filed a request to compel obtaining information on Twitter's user data and the techniques used to acquire and analyze it.

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Musk Claims Twitter Users Are Spam Bots

Musk disputes the company's claim that less than 5 percent of the accounts it measures are spam bots, as detailed in a lengthy countersuit (to which Twitter has already responded). According to the countersuit, Twitter blocked Musk's attempts to verify data about the number of daily active users who are spam bots.

Last year, when Beykpour came on our Decoder podcast to discuss Twitter's future ambitions, we characterized him as "responsible for determining which tools Twitter develops for users' expression." These instruments featured Super Follows, live audio Spaces rooms, and Revue newsletters.

On May 12, however, Twitter's new CEO, Parag Agrawal, terminated Beykpour and the similar head on the revenue side, Bruce Falck, in a single action. Beykpour addressed his resignation through Twitter, writing, "Parag requested me to leave because he wants to take the team on a new path."

Bloomberg reports Alex Spiro, Musk's attorney, said, "We look forward to studying Beykpour's conversations and will persist to seek data and witnesses until the entire truth is revealed."


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