A new twist gives the legal battle between Elon Musk Y Twitter, after the tycoon gave up buying the company for $44 billion. According to the company’s lawyers, the billionaire’s real excuse is not bots, as he claims, but “World War III.”
“Let’s slow down (purchase operations) just a few days… It won’t make sense to buy Twitter if we’re heading into World War III.”
Musk alludes to everything that happened after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ordered by Vladimir Putin last February 24. Since then, the United States and the rest of the Western powers have established sanctions against the Russians, while the head of the country remains on a war footing against the government of Volodymyr Zelensky.
The company’s lawyers said: “That’s why Mr. Musk didn’t want to buy Twitter; This whole thing about bots, mDAUs (monetizable active users) and Zatko is all a pretext.”
The complaints of the former Twitter security chief and how they would help Elon Musk
When they refer to Zatko they speak of Pieter “Mudge” Zatko a former Twitter security chief who reportedly denounced serious privacy and security vulnerabilities that could endanger users, investors and the national security of the United States.
Zatko further stated that Twitter does not have “an accurate count of the number of spam accounts and fake bots on its platform, and that the company has little incentive to conduct a full count of such accounts.”
These claims, as CNN explains, could give a boost to Musk’s claims.
Musk’s representatives and those of Twitter met in a hearing this week to find out if what Zatko said would enter the case.
While the company run by Parag Agrawal defines Zatko as a resentful employee, Musk’s lawyers say he was a “decorated” executive who was once offered a position as a civil servant in the United States government.