Elon Musk subpoenas former Twitter chief Jack Dorsey

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Records made public on Monday show Dorsey received a legal order to give Musk any communications or documents related to the takeover agreement signed in April, as well as information regarding fake or spam accounts or the how Twitter calculates the number of its active users.

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SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Elon Musk has served former Twitter boss Jack Dorsey with a subpoena in a search for material to help him not buy the giant social media platform for 44 billion dollars, as agreed.

Records made public on Monday show Dorsey received a legal order to give Musk any communications or documents related to the takeover agreement signed in April, as well as information regarding fake or spam accounts or the how Twitter calculates the number of its active users.

The subpoena asks for everything Dorsey has on the matters dating back to January 2019.

Tesla boss Musk, the world’s richest man, has accused Twitter of fraud, alleging the company misled him about key aspects of his business, in particular the number of accounts that are actually spam or automated “bots” instead of people.

Twitter stands by its estimate that bots make up less than 5% of users.

Twitter also disputed Musk’s claim that he has the right to walk away if his bot count turns out to be wrong, since he didn’t seek information on this topic when he made the announcement. takeover offer.

The company accuses Musk of fabricating a story to evade a merger deal he no longer found appealing.

“Musk’s counterclaims, based on distortion, misrepresentation and outright deception, change nothing,” Twitter said in a court filing.

Rival lawyers have served subpoenas for weeks to obtain documents or depositions from a wide range of people connected to the takeover, management of Twitter’s business and even a holding company formed by Musk.

Twitter co-founder Dorsey in November last year ended his second term as head of the company and expressed support for Musk’s takeover.

The Twitter agreement included a provision that if the agreement failed, the party breaking the agreement would pay a $1 billion termination fee under certain circumstances.

Billions of dollars are at stake, but so is the future of Twitter, which Musk says should allow all legal speech – an absolutist stance that has raised fears the network could be used to incite violence .

The legal battle is gathering pace as preparations began for a trial in October in Delaware’s Chancery Court, which specializes in complex, high-stakes business battles.

Twitter urged shareholders to approve the deal, setting a vote on the merger for September 13.

While answering questions at a recent Tesla shareholder meeting, Musk was asked if his potential ownership of Twitter could distract from his management of the electric car company.

“I think Tesla, you know, would still do very well even if I was kidnapped by aliens or returned to my home planet,” he joked, drawing laughs and applause.

“To be honest, I don’t have an easy answer,” Musk added.

He assured shareholders that, at this time, he has no plans to step down from his role as Tesla chief.

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