In the court battle with Twitter, Elon Musk’s revelation about the Indian government

In the court battle with Twitter, Elon Musk's revelation about the Indian government

Musk said Twitter should abide by local laws in India. (FILE)

Washington:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is embroiled in a court battle with Twitter over a failed takeover deal that Twitter now intends to push through, said the social media giant has threatened its third-largest market without exposing a “risky” dispute against the Indian government.

In a lawsuit in a Delaware court that was unsealed last Friday and released Thursday, Musk also claimed he was “tricked” into signing a deal to buy a social media firm based in San Francisco.

Musk said Twitter should follow local Indian law, according to court documents. Snapshots of court documents were circulated on Twitter, posted by New York Times Tech reporter Kate Conger.

“In 2021, India’s ministry of information technology imposed certain rules allowing the government to investigate social media posts, request identifying information, and prosecute companies that refused to comply. Although Musk is an advocate of freedom of speech, he believes that moderation on Twitter should be close to the laws of the countries where Twitter operates, “reads some legal documents in the lawsuit Twitter Vs Musk, published by Kate Conger, a technology reporter for the New York Times, in the series tweets.

To Elon Musk’s remarks in the court testimony, Twitter replied that it “is respectfully referring to the court for its complete and accurate content. them on that basis. “

Referring to a petition filed in July with the Karnataka Supreme Court, Musk also objected to Twitter’s non-disclosure of the dispute against the Indian government.

“Twitter says it has challenged certain Indian Government Blocking Orders under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act ordering Twitter to remove certain content from its platform, including content from politicians, activists and journalists, and that Twitter is legal.” the company said in its response.

Twitter, through its attorney at the Karnataka Supreme Court, said their business in India would be shut down if they followed Indian government orders to block content that competent authorities found illegal. The Supreme Court sent a notification to the Center and adjourned the hearing to August 25.

The microblogging site and the world’s richest man are now headed to trial on October 17 after Musk tried to quit his Twitter takeover deal over what he claims mislead fake accounts on the site.

Twitter tries to force Musk to continue the deal, accusing him of sabotaging her because it was no longer serving his interests.

Earlier in April, Musk reached an acquisition deal with Twitter for $ 54.20 per share in a deal worth approximately $ 44 billion.

In May, Musk suspended the deal to allow his team to validate Twitter’s claim that less than 5 percent of the platform’s accounts are bots or spam.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was posted from the syndicated channel.)

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