In legal battle with Twitter, Elon Musk is referring to the Indian government

In legal battle with Twitter, Elon Musk is referring to the Indian government
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Musk said Twitter should follow local laws in India. (FILE)


Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is locked in a legal battle with Twitter over a failed takeover bid that Twitter now intends to push through, said the social media giant endangered its third-largest market by failing to disclose “risky” lawsuit against Indian Govt..

In a counter-suit in a Delaware court that was filed under seal last Friday and made public Thursday, Musk also claims he was “tricked” into signing the deal to buy the San Francisco-based social media company.

Musk said Twitter must follow local law in India, according to court documents. Snapshots of the court documents were seen circulating 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 refuse to comply. While Musk is a proponent of free speech, he believes Twitter moderation should “adhere to the laws of the countries in which Twitter operates,” according to part of the court documents in the Twitter v. Musk case, as published by Tech Reporter of the New York Times Kate Conger in a series of tweets.

To Elon Musk’s claims in the court documents, Twitter responded that it “respectfully refers the Court to their full and accurate content. Twitter does not have sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the claims,” ​​and said it “therefore denies them on that basis.”

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

“Twitter claims it has challenged certain blocking orders issued by the Indian government 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 lawful ,” the company responded.

Twitter, through its lawyer in the Karnataka High Court, said its business in India would shut down if it complied with the Indian government’s orders to block content deemed illegal by the relevant authorities. The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Center and adjourned the hearing to August 25.

The microblogging website and the world’s richest man are now headed for a lawsuit on October 17 after Musk tried to back out of his deal to acquire Twitter over what he says was a misrepresentation of fake accounts on the site.

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

Earlier in April, Musk reached an agreement to acquire Twitter at a price of $54.20 per share in a deal valued at approximately $44 billion.

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

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

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