Twitter directly spends $7 million to shut up whistleblower

According to sources familiar with the matter, Twitter agreed in June this year to pay about $7 million to a whistleblower whose allegations will become Tesla CEO Elon. Testimony in the lawsuit between Elon Musk and the company. The whistleblower, Peiter Zatko, who was Twitter's security chief, was fired by the company in January. Zatko last month accused the social media company of falsely claiming it has a solid security program and making misleading claims about defending against hackers and spam accounts.


Zatko will appear at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on September 13 to discuss the allegations. Zatko filed the whistleblower allegations in July, according to the sources, and Twitter's settlement with him came days before the latter's allegations. Under the settlement, Zatko agreed to a nondisclosure agreement that prohibits him from speaking publicly about his Twitter experience or discrediting the company.


The source also said a confidential settlement reached in June related to Zatko's lost pay. It comes months after the two sides mediate over tens of millions of dollars in potential compensation. Twitter has not responded to a request for comment.


Musk has launched a head-to-head legal battle with Twitter over his proposed $44 billion takeover of the company after he reversed course and walked away from the deal, saying the social media company's bots on its site and the number of fake accounts misled him.

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