Twitter must provide Elon Musk with documents from a former CEO of the company that the billionaire said was a key figure in counting the number of fake accounts on the platform.according to a court order Monday.
Bot accounts and Twitter spam accounts have become a central issue in the legal struggle over whether or not Muskwho is the CEO of Tesla, is set to complete the $44 billion acquisition of the social media company.
Twitter has been ordered to collect, review and produce documents from former Consumer Products CEO Kayvon Beykpour, according to an order by Judge Kathleen McCormick of Delaware.
Twitter and Mask lawyers, richest person in the worlddid not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Bikbor, who left Twitter after the social media company agreed in April to be acquired by Musk, was The billionaire described him in court filings as one of the CEOs “most closely involved” in determining the number of fake accounts.
Beykpour did not immediately respond to a LinkedIn request for comment.
McCormick said in his order Monday that he is denying Musk’s request to access documents from 21 other people who control the relevant information.
At the end of July, according to what I reported The Wall Street JournalCourt documents show that Musk has filed a counterclaim against Twitter in the Delaware (USA) courts hearing the case, although the content of the counterclaim remains classified.
At the beginning of last July, Musk notified his intention to cancel the purchase of the technology company agreed upon between the two parties, for 44,000 million.Which responded with a lawsuit in a court specialized in commercial disputes to force it to complete the process.
Twitter’s board called its shareholders to vote on the purchase on September 13 and asked them to green-light the process as a final step to shutting it down, though it admitted it also relied on “pending litigation” with the millionaire.
Twitter also filed a complaint on July 12 in a Delaware court to force the world’s richest man to fulfill a commitment made at the end of April to acquire the platform for $44,000 million.
The social network asked to speed up the start-up process in September and thus reduce uncertainty Which partially paralyzes the company, while Musk’s lawyers have asked to start next year.
Twitter shares closed up 0.5% on Monday at $44.50 per share.
(With information from Reuters)