This week, Elon Musk’s attorneys achieved a partial victory in their battle with Twitter in the Delaware Court of Chancery by filing a motion to obtain information from 22 Twitter employees, or “custodians,” in addition to the 41 others with whom both parties had previously reached an agreement to share data. In her decision, Judge Kathaleen McCormick determined that only one of the individuals listed—Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s former head of consumer product—must “collect, examine, and deliver materials.”
Musk’s lawyers are looking for evidence to support their claims that Twitter committed fraud as the October 17th trial date for Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk for trying to break up their $44 billion deal approaches. Meanwhile, Twitter’s legal team is issuing subpoenas to support their side of the case. According to anonymous sources cited in insider reports, Musk’s lawyers were asking Twitter employees ranging from mid-level executives to lower-level employees for information. It was also noted that his legal team had filed a new motion to compel information on Twitter’s user data and the procedures followed in collecting and analyzing it.
They contend that the company built barriers in the way of Musk’s attempts to confirm data about how many daily active users are actually bots because Musk disputes the company’s claim that spam bots only make up less than 5% of the accounts it measures. (Twitter has already responded to the lengthy countersuit.)
We referred to Beykpour as “responsible for choosing what tools Twitter really creates for users to express themselves” when he spoke about Twitter’s next goals on our Decoder podcast last year. These resources included items like its Revue mailings, live audio Spaces rooms, and Super Follows.
But as of May 12th, when Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, sacked both Beykpour and the comparable sales leader, Bruce Falck, in a single decisive action, he is now a former executive. Parag requested me to go after informing me that he wanted to take the team in a different path, Beykpour tweeted as an explanation for his resignation.
Bloomberg states “We look forward to studying Beykpour’s conversations,” said Musk’s attorney Alex Spiro, “and will continue to seek information and witnesses until the complete truth is revealed.”