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Elon Musk accuses Twitter of ordering whistleblower to destroy evidence

Zatko allegedly destroyed handwritten notes and computer files that could be evidence in the case to withdraw the buyout offer

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What’s the news: Billionaire Elon Musk alleged on October 10 that the social media platform’s officials ordered a whistleblower to destroy evidence of their missteps that led to his bid to cancel the platform’s buyout, reported LA Times. According to the report, Musk claimed the company asked Peiter “Mudge” Zatko to destroy the proof as part of a “$7.8-million severance package” that supposedly gave merit to Musk’s side of the legal battle. Unsealed court filings cited by the LA Times said that Zatko, former Head of Security at Twitter, said he burned 10 handwritten notebooks and deleted 100 computer files that contained notes of the whistleblower’s meetings with company counterparts during his yearlong tenure. Why it matters: Zatko created quite the buzz when he came forward with Twitter’s failing in terms of user privacy and security. For India especially, it was a nasty shock when the whistleblower claimed Indian government agents could access user data. As with all whistleblowers, the information they come forward is taken with a pinch of salt. However, these allegations of Zatko destroying evidence may end up impacting how people perceive his allegations against Twitter. Musk does another 180 degree turn on buying Twitter Since Musk has now agreed to buy the company for the original price of $54.20 a share, the court has put the case on hold until October 28. However, his lawyers on Monday said Twitter had successfully attempted to keep the evidence from coming to light. Musk’s legal representatives asked the judge…

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