Twitter lawsuit – Elon Musk: Billionaire wants whistleblower Peter Zatko to testify

Elon Musk, in a lawsuit against Twitter, asked Peter Zatko, the social network’s former head of security, to provide documents and testify in his favor.

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Published: August 30, 2022 at 8:15 am

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Elon Musk has officially asked the former Twitter security chief, who recently accused the platform of lying, to provide documents and testify in a lawsuit against the social network. Pater Zatko’s lawyers have indicated that their client will respond to this request.

In a document sent last month to two U.S. regulators as well as the Justice Department, a whistleblower blamed Twitter for its cybersecurity failure. He also accused San Francisco company executives of deliberately publicly exaggerating the extent of their fight against fake accounts and spam.

This latest assertion is likely to reinforce Elon Musk’s line of defense, who claims he backed out of the Twitter acquisition because the company lied to him about the social network’s share of these fake accounts and spam.

On Saturday, the entrepreneur and his lawyers delivered a subpoena to Peter Zatko demanding that he provide him with all documents and messages regarding “the impact and consequences of fake accounts and spam on Twitter,” the document says. The period under review is from January 1, 2019 to the date of receipt of the summons.

Written notes of presentations

The Tesla boss is also seeking testimony from Pater Zatko, whom he calls to testify on Sept. 9 at a facility near his home in New Jersey. The whistleblower’s lawyers indicated that he would comply with this request, while specifying that his participation would be “forced”.

Mr. Zatko “notified the relevant authorities not to favor Musk or weaken Twitter,” the board assured, “but to protect the American public and Twitter shareholders.” Elon Musk is also asking the former security manager to provide any document related to measuring the number of monetized daily active users (mDAUs), the group’s key performance indicator.

In addition, the billionaire wants written traces of the presentations that Peter Zatko had to make to management regarding the risks of cyberattacks and flaws in the Twitter computer system.

He also said he was interested in all documents and communications “related to Twitter’s attempts to hide its security flaws from investors, regulators and the public” as well as any traces of “illegal activity” within society. The dispute between Twitter and Elon Musk is due to be heard in a trial that will begin on October 17 in Delaware Specialized Court and last five days.

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