Musk’s lawyers subpoena Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko

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Elon Musk’s lawyers have filed a subpoena for Peiter Zatko, the former Twitter security chief who recently came forward as a whistleblower alleging his former employer misled regulators, according to a new filing. judicial.

Why is this important: Musk’s legal team is trying to leverage alleged wrongdoing by Zatko, who goes by the pseudonym “Mudge,” in his defense of Musk’s attempt to walk away from his $44 billion takeover bid.

Details: The summonswhich was reported earlier by the New York Timesrequests “documents and communications” regarding a number of alleged wrongdoings by Zatko, including “Twitter’s tracking and measurement of user engagement.”

Yes, but: It’s unclear if or how the whistleblower’s complaints will impact Musk’s argument.

  • Zatko’s whistleblower complaint suggests the company misled regulators about its efforts to reduce spam and protect Twitter from security threats.
  • Musk claims he was misled by Twitter’s “wrong account” about the number of fake and spam accounts and alleges Twitter violated its merger agreement by blocking requests for information. Twitter denies these allegations.

The big picture: Musk’s defense team has subpoena about 100 people and groups to try to convince a Delaware chancery court that it should be able to walk away from the deal.

  • Musk argues that Twitter misrepresented key user metrics, including monetizable daily active users.
  • Twitter denies misrepresenting user statistics and says Musk’s takeover deal doesn’t allow him to walk away from the deal on such an issue anyway. They allege Musk is using Twitter’s actions as an excuse to back out of a deal that Musk no longer finds appropriate now that the market has turned.
  • Twitter declined to comment on the subpoena.

Go further: Nightmare Scenarios of a Whistleblower’s Twitter Complaint

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