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Twitter rejects Musk’s claims that he was hoodwinked

Twitter has rejected Elon Musk’s claims in courtroom that he had respectable causes to again out of a $44bn deal to buy the social media platform, marking the most recent improvement in a dramatic authorized showdown.

In a submitting made public on Thursday, Twitter known as Musk’s arguments for abandoning the deal “a narrative, imagined in an effort to flee a merger settlement that Musk now not discovered engaging as soon as the inventory market and together with it, his large private wealth, declined in worth”.

Twitter sued Musk final month to pressure him to finish the deal, and the corporate’s submitting on Thursday is available in response to Musk’s personal counter lawsuit, which he filed beneath seal final week and which is because of be made public on Friday.

The present standoff started after Musk claimed Twitter was not forthcoming about the issue with spam bots on the platform, citing it as his purpose for abandoning the deal. The social media agency had claimed spam accounts made up lower than 5% of greater than 200 million customers however Musk insisted that the quantity was larger and accused Twitter of withholding info on the issue. Twitter, in the meantime, has accused Musk of “conjuring” the problem to flee the deal with out penalty.

“The counterclaims are a made-for-litigation story that’s contradicted by the proof and customary sense,” Twitter’s response says, in response to authorized paperwork obtained by Reuters. “Musk invents representations Twitter by no means made after which tries to wield, selectively, the intensive confidential knowledge Twitter offered him to conjure a breach of these purported representations.”

On the identical time, the response says, Musk additionally accused Twitter of breaching their settlement by “stonewalling” his info requests. Twitter denies this and says info was offered when requested.

Attorneys for Musk had wished to file a public model of their reply and counterclaims in Delaware courtroom on Wednesday. However Twitter attorneys complained that they wanted extra time to evaluate and probably redact Musk’s sealed submitting, saying it refers “extensively” to inside Twitter info and knowledge given to Musk.

Musk, the world’s richest man, agreed in April to purchase Twitter and take it personal, providing $54.20 a share and vowing to loosen the corporate’s policing of content material and to root out pretend accounts. However Musk stated in July that he wished to again out of the deal, prompting the present authorized drama.

Both Musk or Twitter could be entitled to a $1bn breakup payment if the opposite occasion is discovered chargeable for the settlement failing. Twitter desires extra, nevertheless, and is searching for a courtroom order of “particular efficiency” directing Musk to observe by means of with the deal.

Reuters contributed reporting

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