Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is embroiled in a legal battle with Twitter over a failed takeover bid that Twitter now plans to push through, said the social media giant jeopardized its third-largest market by failing to take “risky” lawsuits against the Indian company. government to announce.
In a counterclaim in a Delaware court, filed under seal last Friday and made public Thursday, Musk also claimed he was “cheated” into signing the deal to buy the San Francisco-based social media company.
Musk said that according to the court documents, Twitter must follow local law in India. Snapshots of the court documents posted by New York Times Tech Reporter Kate Conger have been circulating on Twitter.
“In 2021, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology has imposed certain regulations that allow the government to investigate social media posts, demand identifying information and prosecute companies that refused to comply. While Musk is a supporter of free speech, he believes that moderation on Twitter should be “close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates,” read some of the legal files in the Twitter Vs Musk lawsuit, as posted by New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger in a series of tweets .
To Elon Musk’s allegations in the court files, Twitter responded that it “respectfully refers the court to their full and accurate content.
Referring to a petition filed with the Karnataka Supreme Court in July, Musk also objected to Twitter’s failure to disclose lawsuits against the Indian government.
Twitter alleges that it has challenged certain blocking orders issued by the Indian government under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, ordering 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 their Indian company would shut down if they complied with Indian government orders to block content that competent authorities had deemed illegal. The Supreme Court had sent notices to the Center and postponed the hearing to August 25.
The microblogging website and the world’s richest man will now face court on Oct. 17, after Musk sought to cancel his deal to take over Twitter over what he believes is a misrepresentation of fake accounts on the site.
Twitter is trying to force Musk to honor the deal, accusing him of sabotaging the deal because it no longer served his interests.
Earlier in April, Musk reached an acquisition deal with Twitter for $54.20 per share in a transaction worth approximately $44 billion.
In May, Musk put the deal on hold so his team could assess the truth of Twitter’s claim that less than 5 percent of accounts on the platform are bots or spam.
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