Musk requested information from whistleblower Peter Zatko primarily about how Twitter measures spam accounts. Musk said he was backing out of a deal with the company because Twitter misled him and regulators about the true amount of spam or bot accounts on the microblogging platform.
But Musk also looked for documents and reports of alleged attempts to cover up security vulnerabilities and “Twitter’s involvement in any kind of illegal activity.”
A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The notorious hacker, commonly known as “Madge,” Zatko stepped down as Twitter’s chief security officer earlier this year and said in a whistleblower complaint made public last week that the company falsely claimed it had a sound security plan in place.
A Twitter lawyer said in a court hearing last week that Musk’s focus on spamming as a way to end a deal to buy the company is “legally irrelevant” as Twitter has always said its spam counts were only estimates and not mandatory. statements.
Both parties have filed a lawsuit, and a five-day trial will take place on October 17. Musk wants out of the deal, and Twitter is asking Chancellor Kathleen McCormick of the Delaware court clerk to order him to buy the company at an agreed price. $54.20 per share.
Shares of Twitter dropped slightly to $40.36 on Monday morning in New York.