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Elon Musk Demands Ex-Twitter Product Chief Testify in Takeover Fight

Elon Musk is demanding Twitter Inc. make the former head of its consumer division answer questions about spam or robot accounts on the social-media platform that are central to the billionaire’s legal fight to back out of a $44 billion buyout of the company.

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| Updated on: Sep 16 2022, 23:32 IST
As Elon Musk bullies Vijaya Gadde at Twitter, Parag Agrawal, Dick Costolo react
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1/5 Just a day after his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter was announced, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticized Twitter’s way of working and targeted the company’s legal chief Vijaya Gadde through several tweets. (REUTERS)
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2/5 Musk criticized Twitter’s algorithm of blocking certain personalities on the social media platform and limiting the spread of information. However, it seems that the company’s CEO Parag Agrawal has his employees’ back. (REUTERS)
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3/5 Agrawal praised the work of his employees and appreciated them working hard despite the “noise”, referring to Musk’s tweets, albeit in a subtle manner. Musk’s tweets have had a public reaction, resulting in several racial slurs directed at Vijaya Gadde (REUTERS)
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4/5 Parag Agrawal tweeted, “I took this job to change Twitter for the better, course correct where we need to, and strengthen the service. Proud of our people who continue to do the work with focus and urgency despite the noise.” (AFP)
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5/5 Meanwhile, it seems that former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has also jumped to Vijaya Gadde’s defence. He replied to Musk’s tweet directly, “what's going on? You're making an executive at the company you just bought the target of harassment and threats.” Costolo later tweeted that “Bullying is not leadership”. (REUTERS)
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Elon Musk asks for Kayvon Beykpour, former head of consumer division, to testify on spam accounts row.  (AP)

Elon Musk is demanding Twitter Inc. make the former head of its consumer division answer questions about spam or robot accounts on the social-media platform that are central to the billionaire's legal fight to back out of a $44 billion buyout of the company.

Kayvon Beykpour, who oversaw more than 230 million Twitter accounts, has so far evaded efforts to make him turn over documents or provide testimony, according to a court filing unsealed Wednesday. Musk's legal team says Beykpour is a key figure in their case because he was intimately involved with measuring how many accounts were revenue generating.

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Beykpour's lawyers told Twitter earlier this month he currently is outside the US and “therefore beyond the subpoena power of the US courts during the pendency” of information exchanges before next month's trial to determine if Musk will be forced to consummate his $54.20-per-share deal.

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Musk's attorneys contend Twitter can force its former employee to accept the subpoena and answer questions because the company is probably paying for Beykpour's defense. “Mr. Beykpour is within Twitter's control and Twitter must produce Mr. Beykpour for deposition,” Musk's team said in the filing.

The dispute is the latest in the burgeoning legal battle over the stalled transaction. Musk and Twitter have issued subpoenas to banks, investors and lawyers involved in the deal as they seek ammunition for an Oct. 17 trial before Delaware Chancery Court Judge Kathaleen St. J. McCormick in Wilmington. Last month, she ordered Twitter to turn over Beykpour's internal files to Musk's attorneys.

Twitter representatives didn't immediately return an email seeking comment on Musk's allegations that Beykpour isn't cooperating.

Musk's attorneys have accused Twitter of trying to hide witnesses in the case to frustrate the billionaire's efforts to show he had legitimate grounds for walking away from the deal. Twitter denies dragging its feet in turning over files and witnesses to its would-be buyer.

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First Published Date: 16 Sep, 23:32 IST
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