After being sued by Twitter, Elon Musk responded with his own countersuit in his legal battle against the social media network.
Twitter decided to sue Elon Musk, and both will go to court in October to resolve the $44 billion deal. Earlier this year, Twitter accepted the Tesla CEO’s offer to buy the platform.
Although Elon Musk had promised not to pull out of the deal, this was long before he realized that something was up Twitter claims that spam and fake accounts represent fewer than 5% of its users.
He put the acquisition on hold and later made it clear that he would back out of the deal if Twitter would not disclose the exact number of spam, fake and bot accounts using the platform.
Twitter sued Elon Musk, and now Elon Musk is going against Twitter.
Elon Musk opposes Twitter
Reuters reported that Elon Musk went against Twitter on Friday, adding that the 1[ads1]64-page document was not publicly available.
The lawsuit was filed hours after Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery ordered an Oct. 17 trial.
Luigi Crispo, a Twitter shareholder with 5,500 shares in the company, also sued Elon Musk on Friday. Crispo wants the court to order Elon Musk to terminate the Twitter deal and find that he breached his fiduciary duty to Twitter shareholders.
He also wants the court to award compensation for losses. In accordance Reuters, Elon Musk owes a fiduciary duty to Twitter’s shareholders because of his 9.6% stake in Twitter. And also because the takeover agreement enables ElonMusk to veto many of Twitter’s decisions.
The silver lining
Although that’s not really much of a silver lining for Twitter or Elon. Lawsuits are not an ideal source of joy for many parties involved in them – at least I would not think they are.
However, I feel like the lawsuit brings to the fore some of the issues that many people on Twitter are dealing with. Such as shadow bans.
This happened to a few people (incl Teslarati!) on Twitter. In many cases, a user will tweet, but that tweet will not appear in search.
And if they reply to a tweet or like that tweet, Twitter hides it. In my tweet below, I shared a thread filled with screenshots and video evidence of this happening Teslarati.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 18 July 2022
Twitter has four types of bans:
- Prohibition of search proposals.
- Search ban.
- Ghost ban.
- Answer deboosting.
Fortunately, the ban is against Teslarati is the promise, although for a while there it went back and forth for a couple of days after Elon had responded to my tweet.
It shouldn’t take a response from Elon Musk for Twitter to unban real accounts. It’s not fair to Elon Musk or the users being silenced by Twitter.
I have also noticed that there have been fewer bots since the lawsuit started. However, I have noticed that there have been fewer engagements, and I am not the only one who notices this.
Whether these are directly or indirectly caused by the ongoing legal saga, no one knows. But we notice it.
Yes 100% – also notice less spambots impersonating you.
— Zack (@BLKMDL3) 30 July 2022
One thing we can count on is that this trial will reveal a lot.
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