Twitter denies whistleblower payout violates Musk’s takeover deal

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The former executive was offered payment after leaving the firm in January

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Vitter has refused his $7.8 million (£6.6 million) payment to the whistleblower from the former executive, which violates the terms of a $44 billion acquisition by Elon Musk.

Peter “Muj” Zatko, who was Twitter’s chief of security until he was fired at the beginning of the year, alleged that the firm does not delete users’ data after deactivating their accounts, and cybersecurity policies. which exposes it to hacking and disinformation by the state. Attacker

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The former executive was offered payment after leaving the firm in January. Musk’s lawyers argue that the payment breaches the terms of the acquisition agreement, and said Twitter should have obtained the Tesla CEO’s permission before agreeing to the payment.

The payout debacle is the latest in a series of fiery exchanges between the world’s richest man and one of the world’s biggest social media companies, as they prepare to face each other on a legal path starting in October .

Billionaire Musk is understood to have introduced Zatko as part of a trial that Twitter is hoping to force despite Musk’s abandoned acquisition. The Tesla boss walked out of the deal after the company accused the company of failing to provide accurate information about the number of fake and ‘bot’ accounts on the platform.

Last week, Musk’s lawyers asked a Delaware court to delay the trial so they could investigate a whistleblower’s claims over his security policy. Twitter’s lawyers hit back at the request, saying: “Mr. Musk is pleading guilty to Twitter for failing to perform customary due diligence.”

Musk’s case against Twitter was further bolstered by the US regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission, writing to the firm’s CEO Parag Agarwal requesting details on its methodology for estimating the number of spam accounts.

Twitter has confirmed its view that the number of these accounts represents less than 5% of total users.

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