PC: CNN International
According to a notice of a deposition filed on Monday, lawyers for Twitter and Elon Musk will interview former CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday morning as part of the legal battle over their $44 billion acquisition transaction.
Musk’s team had previously served Dorsey with a subpoena for a variety of documents and communications, including those “reflecting, referring to, or relating to the impact or effect of false or spam accounts on Twitter’s business and operations.” Dorsey served as Twitter’s CEO from November 2017 until his resignation in late May.
Twitter (TWTR) swiftly filed suit against Musk to enforce the agreement after Musk tried to terminate the pact in July on the grounds that the business had exaggerated the number of fraudulent and spam accounts on its platform.
Dorsey had been supportive of the idea of a Musk purchase of Twitter prior to Musk’s decision to scuttle the agreement. Dorsey tweeted shortly after the transaction was revealed: “I only have faith in Elon as a single solution. I have faith in his effort to spread consciousness.”
As Musk’s team develops its case against Twitter, the deposition is taking place. Earlier this month, a judge decided that Musk might expand on his claims in light of the whistleblower disclosure made by Peiter Zatko, the former head of security at Twitter. Zatko says that the firm has major security flaws that endanger its customers, investors, and US national security.
Musk’s team updated its counterclaims last week, which it publicly filed. According to them, Zatko’s disclosure and the events that followed it “have revealed that the misrepresentations regarding mDAU [monetizable daily active users] were only one component of a larger conspiracy among Twitter executives to deceive the public, its investors, and the government about the dysfunction at the heart of the company.”
Twitter contends that Musk’s charges are “factually wrong, legally insufficient, and economically irrelevant” and that Zatko’s accusations create a “false narrative” about the firm.
On October 17, a five-day trial between the two parties will start.