Twitter bot accounts and spam have become a central issue in the legal fight over whether Musk, who is chief executive of Tesla Inc, should go through with his $44 billion acquisition of the social media company. .
Twitter was ordered to collect, review and produce the documents of former Chief Consumer Products Officer Kayvon Beykpour, according to the order of Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Twitter and lawyers for Musk, the world’s richest person, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Beykpour, who left Twitter after the social media company agreed in April to be acquired by Musk, was described in Musk’s court documents as one of the executives “most intimately involved” in determining the amount spam accounts.
Beykpour did not immediately respond to a LinkedIn request for comment.
McCormick said in her order Monday that she was denying Musk’s request for access to 21 other people in control of the relevant information.
Musk’s legal team had written to Ms McCormick last week asking her to order Twitter to release the names of the employees so they could be interviewed.
Earlier this month, Musk accused Twitter of fraud for misrepresenting the number of actual active users on its platform, which Twitter denied. The company has accused him of breaching its agreement to acquire the company and wants Mr. McCormick to order him to close the deal for $54.20 a share.
Twitter’s stock closed 0.5% higher at $44.50 per share on Monday.