UPDATE 1-Musk seeks to question Twitter staff who rely bots -source

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By Sheila Dang

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s approved group is demanding that Twitter Inc flip over the names of staff liable for calculating what quantity of the social media web page’s clients are bot and spam accounts, in accordance with a provide acquainted with the matter.

Bot and spam accounts on Twitter have transform a central state of affairs inside the approved fight over whether or not or not Musk, who’s Tesla’s chief govt, ought to full his $44 billion acquisition of the social media agency.

Musk acknowledged ultimate month he was terminating the deal because of Twitter has withheld particulars about these accounts. Twitter sued Musk to complete the deal, and has acknowledged the issue has no bearing on the settlement with Musk.

Twitter and Musk are inside the discovery part of the lawsuit and readying for a trial scheduled to begin Oct. 17 in Delaware. Both sides have issued subpoenas to banks and advisers as they search to assemble proof.

The strategy moreover incorporates agreeing on “custodians,” or people with administration over associated information.

In a letter filed beneath seal on Tuesday, Musk’s attorneys requested the resolve overseeing the case to compel Twitter useful over the employee names so that the safety group can question them, the availability acknowledged.

Bloomberg first reported the request by Musk’s attorneys.

Twitter and a lawyer for Musk declined to comment. Twitter has beforehand acknowledged it has labored to cooperatively share associated information with Musk to complete the deal.

(Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Enhancing by Noeleen Walder, Deepa Babington and Leslie Adler)