Faced with the imbroglio over the purchase of twitter per Elon Musk, here’s a new chapter: according to the social network’s legal team, the entrepreneur’s own data scientists would not have found many bots on the social network. In July, the billionaire suspended the process after suspecting that the amount of bots on Twitter would represent more than 20% of all profiles. The platform, however, estimates a number below 5%.
This Tuesday (27), during a hearing, Twitter’s lawyers revealed that, on the eve of the closing of the acquisition agreement, two companies hired by Musk would have released their estimates regarding the number of bots on the platform.
One of the companies, cyabra, estimated that Twitter could have around 11% fake or bot accounts. The other, the CounterActionstated that 5.3% of the total accounts on the social network would be bots.
According to a member of Twitter’s legal team, the companies’ analyzes are “very much in line with the allegations” of the platform. “None of these analyzes supported what Musk told Twitter and the world in the termination letter he delivered on July 8th,” he said.
Now, Twitter accuses Musk’s lawyers of intentionally withholding data during the legal dispute. The platform says it only had access to the analyzes on Tuesday, even though it had sought out the businessman and his team since the early days of trading.
Musk says Twitter tricked him
Decided to dissolve the contract, Tesla’s owner stated, in July, which was retreating due to the estimate of bots on the platform publicly disclosed by Twitter, which hovers around 5%. The tycoon said the number of fake accounts, bots and spam would be “far” over 20%.
Musk argues that Twitter would have misled the public, investors and himself “purposely” about the number of real accounts on the social network. The businessman alleges fraud and says that this allows him to withdraw from the negotiation without any costs.
Ex-employee accused Twitter of lying about bots
Earlier this month, Musk amended the lawsuit to include new allegations. based on Pieter “Mudge” Zatko’s speechformer head of security at Twitter.
Among them are that Twitter allegedly violated a 2011 agreement with the FTC regarding the security of user data. Another indictment alleges that the company would not have intellectual property licenses on some machine learning projects.
Elon Musk now claims that these issues also support his exit from the deal. However, legal experts are not convinced that his arguments are strong enough to win the court case.
Twitter, for its part, said it investigated and addressed all allegations raised by Zatko while at the company. Now, the social network seeks the link between Musk, his aides and the former head of security.