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Judge rules that Elon Musk may use Twitter whistleblower claims

A Delaware court on Wednesday ruled that Elon Musk will undoubtedly be permitted to introduce claims from Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko into his countersuit contrary to the social media marketing company. In addition, it denied Musk’s request to delay the October trial.

Why it matters: The whistleblower’s claims, such as that Twitter violated a 2011 consent decree with the U.S. government, introduce a new legal wrinkle into Musk’s try to back out of his $44 billion takeover offer for the social media marketing company.

  • On the main one hand, Zatko undermines Musk’s existing arguments that Twitter has lied concerning the amount of bot accounts on its platform.
  • However, Zatko also argues that Twitter violated its 2011 consent decree with the U.S. government, which Musk could make an effort to argue is really a material breach.

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