Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed that the social media giant endangered its third-largest market by failing to reveal “risky” litigation against the Indian government. Musk is currently engaged in a legal dispute with Twitter over a rejected purchase offer that Twitter now plans to push through.
Musk also asserted that he was “hoodwinked” into agreeing to the purchase of the San Francisco-based social media business in a countersuit filed in a Delaware court last Friday and made public on Thursday.
According to the court records, Musk stated that Twitter should abide by Indian law. Kate Conger, a tech reporter for the New York Times, released images of the court documents on Twitter under the handle @kateconger.
The guidelines were put in place by India’s information technology ministry in 2021, and they gave the government the ability to investigate social media posts, request identifying information, and bring legal action against corporations that disobeyed.
Even though he supports free speech, Musk thinks that Twitter moderation should “hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates,” according to a portion of the court documents in the Twitter vs. Musk lawsuit, as reported by New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger in a series of tweets.
Twitter reacted to Elon Musk’s allegations in the court documents by saying that it “respectfully references the Court for their entire and accurate contents.” Twitter claimed that it “lacks knowledge or information necessary to develop a belief as to the veracity of the allegations” and that it “therefore denies them on that basis.”
Musk also took issue with Twitter’s inability to disclose litigation against the Indian government, citing a petition that was lodged in the Karnataka High Court in July.
“Twitter avers that it has challenged certain blocking orders issued by the Indian government under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, directing Twitter to remove certain content from its platform, including content from politicians, activists, and journalists, and that Twitter’s legal,” the company said in response.
Through a lawyer, Twitter warned the Karnataka High Court that if it responded with requests to remove anything that Indian government officials believed to be unlawful, their India operations would be shut down. The hearing had been postponed until August 25th after the High Court had served notices on the Center.
The world’s richest man and the microblogging platform will now go on trial on October 17 after Elon Musk attempted to back out of his agreement to purchase Twitter due to what he claims is a misrepresentation of bogus accounts on the platform.
Twitter is attempting to persuade Musk to complete the agreement while also charging him with undermining it because it no longer suited his needs.
Earlier in April, Musk and Twitter agreed to be acquired by each other in a deal worth around $44 billion, or $54.20 (about Rs. 4,180) per share (roughly Rs. 3,37,465 crore)
In order to check the accuracy of Twitter’s claim that fewer than 5% of accounts on its platform are bots or spam, Musk placed the agreement on hold in May.