Elon Musk countersues Twitter over merger, claiming privacy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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Elon Musk filed a counterclaim Twitter on Friday, exacerbating the conflict between Tesla The CEO and the social media company have agreed on a purchase, but the lawsuit is not yet available to the public.

It was unclear why Musk wanted to counter-sue privately when the billionaire, who is also the CEO of SpaceX, has been openly critical of Twitter on social media and in press interviews in recent months.

April 25, 2022 Twitter and Musk announced Musk will buy the social network and make it private for about $44 billion. Shortly after Musk closed the $44 billion deal, the market downturn sent stocks of tech companies including Tesla and Twitter plummeting.

Shortly after they signed the deal, Musk accused Twitter of lying about the amount of spam and bot accounts on its platform and denying access to information about their handling of those accounts. Musk has officially announced that he wants to terminate the deal earlier this month, and Twitter sued him in Delaware Chancery Court to force him to make the deal.

Musk’s legal team filed a confidential counterclaim in a Delaware court on Friday in a confidential manner, meaning a copy was not made available to the public immediately, but a version of it could be released to the public in the near future with confidential details redacted.

The judge who ruled the case, Chancellor Catalyn St. J. McCormick issued an order Thursday night setting out a timetable, including a five-day trial that would begin on October 17th.