While waiting for the trial that will see them face off, a new chapter has been registered in the telenovela between Elon Musk Y Twitter. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has demanded the names of the employees responsible for counting the bot accounts of the social network.
The request was made formally Musk’s legal team to Twitter Inc.which demanded the names of the workers who, among so many tasks, are in charge of calculating what percentage of the platform’s users are bot and spam accounts.
The initial report was made by the website of Reuterssupported by a source familiar with the case, who adds that bot accounts are the central issue in the legal fight between Elon Musk and the company.
Twitter has insisted that Musk must honor its $44 billion takeover offer.However, clarifying the number of false accounts on the social network and that the company lied about them will be key for the court to accept that the South African does not make the purchase.
The request was made to a judge
In addition to notifying Twitter, The tycoon’s legal team sent a sealed letter on Tuesday, August 9, to the judge in charge of the case. In the text, they wrote the request for the court to force the company to hand over the names of the employees so that the defense can question them.
Musk stated in July that he would back out of the deal because Twitter had withheld information about these accounts. For its part, the social media company sued Elon to complete the deal and has said the issue has nothing to do with the deal with the billionaire.
The parties are in the discovery phase of the lawsuit and are preparing for a trial scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in Delaware. Both sides have issued subpoenas to banks and advisers as they seek to gather evidence and the process also includes agreeing on “custodians” or people with control over relevant information.