Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk could benefit in his upcoming trial to pull out of his $US44 billion deal to buy Twitter from information dropped by a whistleblower about Twitter’s privacy and security protections.
Whistleblower: Bad news for Twitter, good news for Musk?
Elon Musk might have just gotten a leg up in his effort to back out of buying Twitter.
The billionaire Tesla CEO has spent months alleging that the company he agreed to buy for $US44 billion undercounted its fake and spam accounts – and that he shouldn’t have to consummate the deal as a result.
Now, a whistleblower complaint from Twitter’s former security chief alleging the company misled regulators about its privacy and security protections – and its ability to detect and root out fake accounts – might play into Musk’s hands in an upcoming trial that scheduled for October 17 in Delaware.
Musk’s legal team, in fact, has already issued a subpoena for the whistleblower, Peiter Zatko – also known by his hacker handle “Mudge” – who served as Twitter’s head of security until he was fired early this year.