(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 10, 2022, Elon Musk speaks during a press conference at SpaceX's Starbase facility near Boca Chica Village in South Texas. - Twitter's lawsuit to force Elon Musk to complete his $44 billion buyout bid is set to go to trial on October 17, a US judge has ordered, in a case with major stakes for both sides. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

In the dispute over a takeover of Twitter, high-tech billionaire Elon Musk has responded with a counterclaim against the short message service. Musk filed the lawsuit as “confidential” in the Delaware court in which Twitter is suing the founder of electric car maker Tesla, the court said on Friday.

The lawsuit cannot therefore be examined. Shortly before, the responsible judge had set the start of the process on October 17th.

The richest person in the world had the planned takeover of Twitter for a price of 44 billion dollars (around 43 billion euros) burst on July 8 because of allegedly “false and misleading” information from the short message service.

In particular, he accuses Twitter of having too few spam or fake accounts on the platform.

Twitter described this justification as “hypocrisy” and wants to take legal action to force Musk to complete the contractually agreed purchase. Five days of negotiations are scheduled for the process.