According to Monday’s court order, Twitter Inc. is required to provide Elon Musk documents from a former Twitter executive whom Musk called a crucial figure in counting the number of fake accounts on the platform.
Bots and spam accounts on Twitter have become a central issue in the legal battle over whether Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc., must complete his $44 billion acquisition of the social media company.
Twitter was ordered to collect, review and produce documents from former General Manager of Consumer Product Kayvon Beykpour, according to the order from Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Twitter and lawyers for Musk, the world’s richest person, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Beykpour, who left Twitter after the social media company agreed to be acquired by Musk in April, was described in Musk’s court filings as one of the executives “most intimately involved with” determining the number of spam accounts.
Beykpour did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent through LinkedIn.
McCormick said in her order on Monday that she denied Musk’s request for access to 21 other people with control over relevant information. Musk’s legal team had written to McCormick last week asking her to order Twitter to hand over employee names so they could be questioned.
Musk accused Twitter earlier this month of fraud for misrepresenting the number of active users on its platform, which Twitter denied. The company has accused him of breaching his agreement to acquire the company and wants McCormick to order him to complete the deal at $54.20 a share.
On Monday, Twitter’s stock closed up 0.5% at $44.50 per share.