Elon Musk threatens to withdraw Twitter takeover bid

The Elon Musk – Twitter saga has taken another interesting turn. Tesla Chief Executive Musk has accused the social media giant of withholding data and has even threatened to withdraw his $44 billion takeover bid.

Musk has alleged that Twitter was flouting its obligations to provide the required data on fake accounts. 

As per a document filed with the securities regulator Musk said that the social media company has committed “a clear material breach” of “its obligations under the merger agreement” due to which the Tesla CEO reserves the right “not to consummate the transaction and his right to terminate the merger agreement”.

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Last month, on May 13, the billionaire tweeted that the takeover deal is temporarily on hold.

“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users”.


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In May, Twitter projected that during the first quarter, fake or spam accounts accounted for less than 5 per cent of its monetizable daily active users. 

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However, in a response to a Twitter user, Musk stated that the amount of fake users is projected to be 20 per cent, but that it might be considerably higher. He further stated that the deal will not proceed until the Twitter CEO provides the substantiation of the less than 5 per cent claim.


According to software business SparkToro, 19.42 per cent of Twitter accounts are fake or spam, but the company acknowledges that its process for identifying bots is likely different from Twitter’s and that this might impact the numbers.

This latest twist in his $44 billion proposal to buy the vital platform has fuelled rumours that the world’s richest man was attempting to lower the price or perhaps pull out of the deal.


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