The new subpoena is yet another indication of how Zatko’s claims can affect the case. In addition to the deposition, Musk’s team also demanded in the subpoena Thursday “books, documents or tangible things in your possession” related to Twitter’s counting of spam and fake accounts and its use of mDAU as a key metric.
“Mr. Zatko will comply with his legal obligations in that subpoena, and his conduct at the deposition is involuntary,” Zatko’s attorneys, Debra Katz and Alexis Ronickher, said in a statement Monday. “He did not make his whistleblower disclosures to the appropriate government agencies to benefit Musk or harm Twitter, but rather to protect the American public and Twitter shareholders.”
Zatko is also scheduled to testify about his allegations at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 13.