Elon Musk asks former official to provide documents and testify

Lawyers for Peiter Zatko, former head of social network security, have indicated that their client will respond favorably to the billionaire’s request.

Elon Musk has formally asked the former security chief of Twitter, who recently accused the platform of lies, to provide documents and testify in the legal proceedings against the social network. Peiter Zatko’s lawyers have indicated that their client will respond to this request.

In a document sent last month to two American regulators as well as to the Department of Justice, the one who presented himself as a whistleblower, blamed Twitter for its failing cybersecurity. He also accused the leaders of the San Francisco company of having deliberately overestimated publicly the extent of their fight against fake accounts and spam.

This last assertion is likely to strengthen the line of defense of Elon Musk, who claims to have given up acquiring Twitter because the company lied to him about the proportion of these fake accounts and spam on the social network.

A deposition on September 9

The entrepreneur and his lawyers handed Peiter Zatko a summons on Saturday demanding all the documents and communications in his possession relating to “the impact and effects of fake accounts and spam on Twitter’s activity”, according to the document on file. The period considered is from January 1, 2019 to the date of receipt of the summons.

The Tesla boss is also seeking the testimony of Peiter Zatko, whom he is summoning for a deposition on September 9 at premises near his New Jersey home. The whistleblower’s lawyers indicated that he would comply with this request, while specifying that his participation would be “involuntary”.

Peiter Zatko “did not alert the relevant authorities to favor Musk or weaken Twitter,” the advice assured, “but to protect the American public and Twitter shareholders.”

Elon Musk also asks the former security manager to produce any document related to the measurement of the number of monetizable daily active users (mDAU), a key indicator of the group’s performance.

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