Twitter, Musk spar in court over deal dispute

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Twitter, Musk spar in court over deal dispute

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter and Elon Musk sparred in court on Wednesday Sep 29 and looked for evidence to prevail in a high stakes trial next month over the billionaire's bid to break up his buyout deal.

Musk wants to find evidence to back up his accusations that Twitter misled regulators and investors about what portion of accounts are actually spam or software bots, as well as its key measures regarding growth.

Twitter, which sued Musk to force him to complete the US $44 billion buyout deal, seeks material or testimony to prove that he is contriving excuses to walk away because he changed his mind.

A Twitter attorney told the judge it was a struggle to get documents from data scientists Musk that used to estimate the portion of fake accounts on the social network, but that didn't back up his accusation about it being much higher than 5 per cent.

Attorney Brad Wilson said that Twitter has been in a pattern of delay and obfuscation when it comes to what Musk learned from data scientists who had asked him to study Twitter data.

Musk's lawyers pressed the judge to make Twitter hand over more messages or other material, particularly regarding monetisable daily active users and user active minutes.