Billionaire Elon Musk accused Twitter Inc of fraud by concealing serious flaws in the social media company's data security, which the entrepreneur said should allow him to end his $44 billion deal for the company, according to court filing.
Musk, the world's richest person, amended his previously filed lawsuit by adopting allegations by a Twitter whistleblower, who told Congress on Tuesday of meddling on the influential social media platform by foreign agents.
The chief executive of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc also alleged that Twitter hid from him that it was not complying with a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding user data.
"Needless to say, the newest revelations make undeniably clear that the Musk parties have the full right to walk away from the merger agreement -- for numerous independently sufficient reasons," said the amended countersuit.
Twitter said in a statement it looked forward to the five-day trial scheduled to start Oct. 17 in Delaware. "Mr. Musk's claims are factually inaccurate, legally insufficient and commercially irrelevant," the company said.
Musk said the claims by the whistleblower, former head of Twitter security Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, amounted to fraud and breach of contract by Twitter.