Twitter Inc agreed in June to pay about $7 million to the whistleblower whose allegations will form part of Elon Musk’s case against the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
Whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who was fired by Twitter in January and was the company’s chief security officer, last month accused the social media firm of falsely claiming that it had a strong security plan and made misleading claims about its defenses against hackers and spam. accounts.
Zatko will meet with the US Senate Judiciary Committee on September 13 to discuss the allegations.
The settlement was reached days before Zatko filed his whistleblower complaint in July, according to the WSJ report.
As part of the settlement, Zatko agreed to a nondisclosure agreement that prohibits him from speaking publicly about his time on Twitter or disparaging the company, the WSJ said.
The confidential June settlement was tied to Zatko’s lost compensation and followed a months-long mediation over tens of millions of dollars in potential salary, the WSJ reported.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Musk is embroiled in a head-on legal battle with Twitter over his bid to buy the company for $44 billion after changing course to abandon the deal, claiming the social media company misled him on the number of bots and fake accounts on the site.