Ahead of the lawsuit trial involving Twitter and Elon Musk that is set to begin on October 17th, the presiding judge at the Delaware Court of Chancery has rebuffed the request from Musk’s legal team to access Twitter user details. Judge Kathaleen McCormick did, however, agree that some data needs to be shared and has ordered Twitter to hand over data from 9,000 accounts sampled in a fourth-quarter audit to estimate the number of spam accounts on the social media platform.
Musk’s legal team had requested “all of the data Twitter might possibly store for each of the approximately 200 million accounts included in its mDAU count every day for nearly three years,” according to McCormick. The request represents up to trillions of data points that “no one in their right mind has ever tried to undertake such an effort,” according to the court ruling obtained by The Verge.
Judge McCormick believes Twitter has provided enough data and documents to Musk’s legal team before the Tesla CEO decided to terminate the takeover agreement on July 8th, Reuters reports.
“My overall impression is that plaintiff has agreed to produce a tremendous amount of information to defendants, and that the information plaintiff has agreed to produce is sufficiently broad to satisfy most of plaintiff’s obligations,” wrote Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick in her ruling.
In addition to the 9,000 accounts Twitter reviewed for its audit in the fourth quarter of 2021, the social media platform must also provide how these accounts were reviewed to Musk’s lawyers. McCormick also wrote Twitter must provide “a small additional set of data from its review database — documents reflecting discussion of any other key metric identified by Defendants, regardless of whether those documents expressly address mDAU.” Twitter has been given two weeks to provide the necessary data.
“We look forward to reviewing the data Twitter has been hiding for many months,” said Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, in an emailed statement to Reuters.
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