August 5 was not a normal day for Kaicheng Yang. It was the day after a US court published Elon Musk’s argument on why he should no longer have to buy Twitter. And Yang, a PhD student at Indiana University, was shocked to discover that his bot detection software was at the center of a titanic legal battle.
Twitter sued Musk in July, after the Tesla CEO tried to retract his $44 billion offer to buy the platform. Musk, in turn, filed a countersuit accusing the social network of misrepresenting the numbers of fake accounts on the platform. Twitter has long maintained
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