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Twitter to pay whistleblower $7 mn in June settlement

Twitter Inc agreed in June to pay $7 million to settle a compensation dispute with the whistleblower whose allegations will be part of Elon Musk’s case against the company

Reuters reports that Whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, and former head of security in Twitter, last month accused the social media firm of falsely claiming it had a solid security plan and making misleading statements about its defenses against hackers and spam accounts.

Zatko who was fired by the firm in January, 2022 will meet the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee on Sept. 13 to discuss the allegations.

His settlement was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said Zatko agreed to a nondisclosure agreement that forbids him from speaking publicly about his time at Twitter or disparaging the company.

Details of Zatko’s settlement will soon be made public in the court filings in Twitter’s legal battle with Elon Musk, who claimed he can walk away from his $44-billion agreement to take over the social media company.

Musk has alleged that Twitter misled him about the number of bots or fake accounts on the platform and about the proper way to measure active users.

Twitter is suing him to force him to buy the company for $54.20 a share. A trial is scheduled for next month.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu