Twitter, the popular social media platform which is fast losing its sheen, is facing another legal battle as its former public relations firm, Joele Frank, takes legal action against the company for non-payment of invoices. The lawsuit alleges that Twitter has failed to settle its bills since Elon Musk assumed control of the company in a highly-publicized acquisition worth $44 billion. The PR firm claims that Twitter owes a total of $830,498, which includes six unpaid invoices and expenses related to a subpoena incurred during Twitter’s legal battle to enforce Musk’s attempted retraction of the buyout agreement.
According to the lawsuit, the PR firm stated that Twitter terminated their contract on November 16, but the outstanding invoices remain unpaid. Twitter has provided minimal communication regarding the payment, with only an automated assurance stating that payment processing will begin immediately. This lawsuit adds to the growing list of legal challenges Twitter is currently facing. Additionally, Twitter is reportedly being sued in Delaware by three former employees, including Parag Agarwal, the former CEO who was ousted by Elon Musk after the acquisition.
Twitter’s acquisition by Elon Musk in October 2022 drew significant attention, given its high-profile nature and the substantial amount involved. However, since the takeover, Twitter no longer maintains a communications department, and any emails sent to its press email address receive a response in the form of a ‘poop emoji,’ indicating a lack of professional communication.
In a separate Twitter post, Elon Musk recently acknowledged the excessive storage usage of the microblogging platform. He apologized to users for the app’s space consumption and shared a screenshot comparing the storage occupied by Twitter (9.52 GB) with other apps like WhatsApp (1.3 GB), Discord (2 GB), and even PornHub (11 GB). Musk’s post received mixed reactions from Twitter users, with some finding humor in his comparison and others calling for improvements to address the app’s storage usage.