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In the court battle with Twitter, Elon Musk referred to the Indian government

In the court battle with Twitter, Elon Musk referred to the Indian government
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Musk said Twitter should follow local laws in India. (file)

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is locked in a court battle with Twitter over a failed acquisition bid that Twitter now wants to force, said the social media giant had put its third-largest market in jeopardy by failing to disclose a “risky” lawsuit against the Indian government. .

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

Musk said Twitter should follow local laws in India, according to court documents. New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger posted snapshots of the court documents that appeared to be circulating on Twitter.

“In 2021, India’s Ministry of Information Technology imposed certain rules that allow the government to investigate social media posts, demand de-identification of information and sue companies that refuse to comply. Although Musk is an advocate of freedom of speech, he believes there should be moderation on Twitter ” Closer to the laws of the countries where Twitter operates” read a portion of the legal filing in the Twitter v. Musk case, as New York Times tech reporter Kate Conger posted in a series of tweets.

In court filings opposing Elon Musk, Twitter responded that it “respectfully refers the court to their full and accurate content. Twitter lacks sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations” and said it “therefore denies the allegations.” on their basis.”

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

“Twitter denies that it has challenged certain blocking orders issued by the Indian government under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, which ordered Twitter to remove certain content from its platform, including content by politicians, activists and journalists, and Twitter’s legalese.” The company said in its response.

Twitter, through its lawyer in the Karnataka High Court, has said that its India business will be shut down if it complies with the Indian government’s order to block content that competent authorities deem illegal. The High Court issued notice to the Center and adjourned the hearing for August 25.

The microblogging website and the world’s richest man are now headed to trial on October 17 after Musk sought to abandon his deal to acquire Twitter over what he says are misrepresentations of fake accounts on the site.

Twitter is trying to force Musk to follow through on the deal after accusing him of sabotaging it because it no longer serves its interests.

In early April, Musk reached an acquisition agreement with Twitter for $54.20 per share in a transaction valued at about $44 billion.

In May, Musk put the deal on hold to allow his team to review the veracity of Twitter’s claim that fewer 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 appeared on a syndicated feed.)

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