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Twitter whistleblower unlikely to influence Musk legal battle, experts say

By Hannah Murphy

14 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Twitter whistle blower Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko's testimony to the US senators won't influence the Twitter vs Elon Musk trial regarding the purchase of the social media company, note experts.

Testimony from Twitter’s former security chief to US senators on Tuesday was undoubtedly bruising for the social media company. But it is unlikely to have a significant impact on Elon Musk’s legal battle to terminate his $44bn takeover deal, according to experts.

Over the course of a two-and-a-half-hour Senate judiciary committee hearing, former Twitter executive turned whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko painted a portrait of a company with woefully inept security practices to the point that national security was threatened, and no desire to address those flaws.

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