In courtroom battle with Twitter, Elon Musk’s revelation concerning the Indian authorities

Musk said Twitter should follow local Indian laws. (FILE)

Washington:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, embroiled in a legal battle with Twitter over a failed takeover bid that Twitter is now seeking to enforce, said the social media giant had put its third-largest market at risk by failing to disclose “risky” litigation with Government of India. .

In a counterclaim filed in Delaware court that was unsealed last Friday and made public Thursday, Musk also alleged he was “duped” into signing a deal to buy the San Francisco-based social media company.

Musk said Twitter should follow local Indian laws, according to court documents. Snapshots of the court documents, posted by New York Times Tech Reporter Kate Conger, went viral on Twitter.

“In 2021, India’s Ministry of Information Technology introduced certain rules that would allow the government to investigate posts on social networks, demand identifying information and prosecute companies that refuse to comply. While Musk is a proponent of free speech, he believes moderation on Twitter should “protect” close to the laws of the countries where Twitter operates,” read part of the legal filings in Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk, as New York Times technology reporter Kate Conger posted in a tweet.

In response to Elon Musk’s claims in court documents, Twitter responded that it “respectfully submits to the court for complete and accurate content. Twitter does not have sufficient knowledge or information to be certain that the allegations are true,” and said it “therefore denies them on that basis.”

In a petition filed in the Karnataka High Court in July, Musk also objected to Twitter’s failure to disclose the litigation against the Indian government.

Twitter claims it has challenged certain Indian government blocking orders under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, requiring Twitter to remove certain content from its platform, including content from politicians, activists and journalists, and that Twitter is legal. – says the company’s response.

Twitter, through its lawyer, told the Karnataka High Court that its India business will be shut down if it complies with Indian government orders to block content deemed illegal by competent authorities. The High Court issued notices to the Center and adjourned the hearing to August 25.

The microblogging site and the world’s richest man will now go to trial on October 17 as Musk sought to back out of a deal to buy Twitter over what he says was misrepresentation of fake accounts on the site.

Twitter is trying to force Musk to stick to the deal, accusing him of sabotaging it because it no longer serves its interests.

Earlier in April, Musk agreed to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share in a deal valued at about $44 billion.

In May, Musk put the deal on hold so his team could review Twitter’s claim that less than 5 percent of accounts on the platform are bots or spam.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated channel.)

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