Elon Musk called for ‘Trump’ to be added as a search term to identify spam accounts and bots: Report – Twitter (NYSE: TWTR)


Elon Musk Tried to get Twitter, Inc. TWTR of using the search term ‘Trump’, thinking the name is associated with spam accounts and bots, an email exchange between the billionaire’s lawyer Silpa Maruri and the social media company showed.

The email along with a slew of other documents were made public earlier this week in connection with Twitter’s lawsuit to enforce Musk’s $44 billion deal to take the company private.

The Twitter Advocate Bradley Wilson reportedly said his client was unconvinced of the need to search for “Trump” because the former US president’s name was among many irrelevant topics that would lead to too many searches.

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The email communication also showed that Musk’s legal team wanted “Bangalore” and “New Delhi” to be included in the search term as well, Bloomberg said. The request follows the revelation that Twitter had sued the Indian government in a Bangalore court, challenging the former’s order to block certain accounts, the report added.

Meanwhile, Musk’s lawyer claimed Twitter breached the terms of the merger agreement by not disclosing the India investigations.

A preliminary search with terms suggested by Musk’s team returned about 250,000 documents, Twitter reportedly said. He therefore requested a restriction of the search terms.

Twitter closed Friday’s session up 2.57% at $43.84, according to data from Benzinga Pro.

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