Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is embroiled in a court battle with Twitter over a failed takeover bid that Twitter is now seeking to push through, said the social media giant was jeopardizing its third-biggest market by launching “risky” legal battles against India government did not disclose .
In a countersuit in a Delaware court, filed under wraps last Friday and released Thursday, Musk also claimed he was “tricked” into signing the deal to buy the San Francisco-based social media company.
According to the court documents, Musk said Twitter should follow local law in India. Snapshots of the court documents posted by New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger circulated on Twitter.
“In 2021, the Indian Ministry of Information Technology enacted certain rules that allowed the government to investigate social media posts, require identifying information and prosecute companies that refused to comply with near-laws of countries, where Twitter operates,” reads part of the legal filing in Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk, as published by New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger in a series of tweets.
Responding to Elon Musk’s claims in the court filings, Twitter said it “respectfully refers the court to their full and accurate content on that basis.”
Citing a petition filed in Karnataka High Court in July, Musk also objected to Twitter’s failure to disclose a lawsuit against the Indian government.
“Twitter alleges that it has challenged certain blocking orders by the Indian government under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, which directs Twitter to remove certain content from its platform, including content by politicians, activists and journalists, and that Twitter is legal,” the company said in his answer.
Twitter, through its attorney at Karnataka High Court, said its business in India would be shut down if it complied with orders from the Indian government to block content the relevant authorities had deemed illegal. The Supreme Court had given notices to the center and adjourned the hearing until August 25.
The microblogging site and the world’s richest man are now on trial on October 17 after Musk tried to walk away from his deal to take over Twitter, saying it was a misrepresentation of fake accounts on the site.
Twitter is trying to force Musk to go through with the deal, accusing him of sabotaging it because it no longer served his interests.
In early April, Musk entered into an acquisition agreement with Twitter at $54.20 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion.
In May, Musk put the deal on hold so his team could verify Twitter’s claim that less than 5 percent of accounts on the platform are bots or spam.
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