Twitter reportedly paid a whistleblower an amount of $7 million (about Rs 56 crore) for keeping quiet about operational problems within the microblogging service. The claims were made by Elon Musk’s lawyer Alex Spiro during a hearing Tuesday ahead of an upcoming court battle between Twitter and Musk for failing to complete the $44 billion (about Rs 3,50,300 crore) acquisition deal. Reports suggest that the whistleblower in question is former Twitter security chief Peter Zatko. It is believed that Zatco was paid by the company for compensation lost after leaving the company.
according to bloomberg report goodThe deal Jatco agreed to with Twitter would not allow him to speak publicly on these issues, while he would be free to act as a government whistleblower.
Musk has been given permission to use claims made by Zatko in his five-day trial against Twitter, which is due in October. Musk believes that Twitter misrepresented the number of fake accounts on its platform, which prompted him not to proceed with the acquisition.
According to the report, Twitter’s lawyers have raised concerns about the credibility of Jatco. The company’s lawyers have argued that their allegations may have been motivated by a complaint against the company that fired them.
Spiro, on the other hand, reportedly reported that Zatko approached Congress with his complaints against Twitter rather than quietly leaving with the money.
Twitter and the Tesla CEO have been engaged in a legal battle since the billionaire announced he would walk away from his deal in July. Twitter sued Musk after his announcement, while Musk opposed the service. The five-day trial is scheduled to begin on October 17. While Musk wants to exit the deal, Twitter has urged the court to order the billionaire to buy the company for an agreed amount.