Elon Musk, Legal Team Publicly Files Counterclaims Against Twitter

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  • Twitter filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk, forcing him to buy the company for $44 billion as agreed.
  • Peiter Zatko, a former Twitter security head, claimed Twitter had high-threat security vulnerabilities.
  • Musk’s legal team added Zatko’s claims to their response to the lawsuit.

On Thursday, Elon Musk’s legal team filed a public counterclaim, now citing the statements by Twitter’s former head of security, in response to Twitter’s lawsuit against Elon Musk forcing the billionaire to follow through with his $44 billion deal to buy the company.

Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, Twitter’s former security head, had recently claimed Twitter to have fatal security flaws. The judge for this case ruled last week that Musk’s legal team may renew their claims upon the statement’s release.

The updated claim state that Zatko’s recent claims and events surrounding it have proven that the “misrepresentations of mDAU (monetizable daily active users)” were only a part of the bigger conspiracy among Twitter’s upper management “to deceive the public, investors, and the government” about internal issues.

Musk’s initial response to the lawsuit was Twitter’s alleged misleading of the public on the mDAU and spam accounts on the platform. Twitter claimed that Musk used this to excuse himself from the deal after developing buyer’s remorse in the market.

Now, the new filing mentions Zatko’s claims of Twitter’s security vulnerabilities which could lead to US national and democratic threats. Twitter’s spokesperson, Brian Poliakoff, was quick to respond on CNN, calling Musk’s claims “factually inaccurate, legally insufficient and commercially irrelevant.”

Twitter expresses confidence in its claims and looks forward to the trial. Previously, the company had defended itself from Zatko’s claims.

Musk’s legal team sent two letters of termination of the deal based on Zatko’s claim, which Twitter claimed to be inaccurate.

Twitter has previously painted Zatko as a grudging former employee terminated in January due to “poor performance.” However, Zatko claims to have been fired due to bringing security flaws to light.

Earlier this week Zatko expanded on his claim in a Senate hearing. Twitter claimed that his testimony only further proves inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the allegations.

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