Twitter takeover by Elon Musk – Twitter must provide more data but not the “absurd” volume demanded by Musk

(Belga) The judge having to decide whether or not to force Elon Musk to buy Twitter ordered the platform on Thursday to provide a little more data to allow the entrepreneur to possibly substantiate his reproaches, but not the “absurd” volume ” he asked.

Elon Musk indeed accuses Twitter of having lied about the extent of the fake accounts and spam present on the social network, advancing this argument to justify his refusal to pay the 44 billion dollars that he had pledged to put on the table in the spring to redeem it. He had therefore asked the magistrate, Kathaleen McCormick, to force Twitter to share much more information about its users, its calculation methods and its performance criteria. After hearing both sides on Wednesday, the judge said in a decision released Thursday that it was “justified” ahead of a trial scheduled for October to ask Twitter for “certain additional data.” She thus ordered the social network to provide information on the 9,000 accounts used to audit fake accounts and spam in the fourth quarter of 2021, as well as the method used to select these accounts. Twitter having argued that this could breach data protection, the judge imposed that a limited number of people – lawyers and data analysts – have access to it. The magistrate also ordered Twitter to provide a little more data on the indicator put forward by the group to reflect its performance, the number of so-called “monetizable” daily active users, to the detriment of other criteria that are a priori less favorable. The judge, however, did not accede to all of Elon Musk’s requests, considering that they were “absurdly vast” and would involve “billions of billions” of data. (Belga)

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