A Delaware judge called Elon Musk’s request for years of data about Twitter spam and fake accounts “absurdly broad” but ordered the social-media company to provide a subset of the information in the continuing legal battle over the billionaire’s soured $44 billion takeover.
Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick said in a letter decision Thursday that the request by Mr. Musk’s legal team to compel the company to produce “trillions upon trillions of data points” for more than 200 million users was overly burdensome and “no one in their right mind has ever tried to undertake such an effort.”
The decide ordered Twitter to supply a narrower part of the information requested, together with a historic snapshot of accounts that have been reviewed by the corporate to find out the variety of spam and faux accounts on its platform, a problem central to the dispute over Mr. Musk’s effort to terminate the merger settlement and substantiate his counterclaim of fraud.
The decide dominated after a listening to Wednesday in Wilmington, Del. Mr. Musk’s lawyer Alex Spiro stated in a press release, “We look forward to reviewing the data Twitter has been hiding for many months.”
Twitter declined to touch upon the decide’s resolution.
Mr. Musk is searching for amongst different issues to confirm Twitter’s disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to estimates that lower than 5% of monetizable every day energetic customers, or MDAUs, are pretend or spam accounts.
Twitter should produce 9,000 accounts reviewed in reference to its fourth-quarter 2021 audit, the decide wrote, in addition to paperwork ample to indicate how these accounts have been chosen for overview. She stated Mr. Musk has agreed to deal with the information as extremely confidential.
The social-media platform indicated within the listening to that it might produce such paperwork in lower than two weeks “with considerable effort.” The decide stated Twitter “must strive to meet that timeline.”
Chancellor McCormick stated Twitter already agreed to supply 10 broad classes of paperwork addressing Mr. Musk’s requests for info on MDAUs. She ordered Twitter to supply a small further set of information from its database, specifically paperwork reflecting dialogue of every other key metric recognized by Mr. Musk’s workforce.
The decide additionally ordered Twitter to supply some paperwork from the board and administration.