Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is locked in a court battle with Twitter over a failed takeover bid that Twitter is now seeking to force through, said the social media giant jeopardized its third-largest market by failing to disclose litigation. “risky” against the Indian government. .
In a countersuit in a Delaware court that was filed under seal last Friday and made public Thursday, Musk also claimed he was “misled” into signing the deal to buy the San Francisco-based social media company.
Musk said that Twitter should follow local law in India, according to court documents. Snapshots of the court documents were seen circulating on Twitter and were posted by New York Times technical reporter Kate Conger.
“In 2021, India’s information technology ministry imposed certain rules that allow the government to investigate social media posts, demand identifying information, and prosecute companies that refuse to comply. While Musk is an advocate of freedom of expression, believes that moderation on Twitter should “cut close to the laws of the countries in which Twitter operates,” read a portion of the legal documents in the Twitter Vs Musk lawsuit, as published by New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger in a series of tweets.
To Elon Musk’s claims in the court papers, Twitter responded that it “respectfully defers to the Court for its complete and accurate content. Twitter lacks sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations,” and said that “therefore he denies them on that basis.”
Referring to a petition filed in the Karnataka High Court in July, Musk also objected to Twitter not disclosing the lawsuits against the Indian government.
“Twitter claims that it has defied 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 is legal. the company said in its response.
Twitter, through its lawyer at the Karnataka High Court, said its business in India would close if it complied with orders from the Indian government to block content deemed illegal by relevant authorities. The High Court issued notices to the Center and adjourned the hearing for August 25.
The microblogging website and the world’s richest man is now headed to trial on October 17 after Musk tried to abandon his deal to acquire Twitter over what he says is a misrepresentation of fake accounts on the site.
Twitter is trying to force Musk to honor the deal while accusing him of sabotaging it because it no longer serves its interests.
In early April, Musk reached a takeover deal with Twitter at $54.20 per share in a transaction valued at roughly $44 billion.
In May, Musk called off the deal to allow his team to review the veracity of Twitter’s claim that fewer than 5 percent of accounts on the platform are bots or spam.
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