Musk: Deal Moves Forward If Twitter Provides Proof Of Real Accounts


Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims that his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter will be approved if Twitter backs up its claim about how many spam accounts it currently has.


Musk responded to a discussion thread about his concerns with the deal.


“When @elonmuskTwitter replied vaguely to my request for more details about fake accounts and spam. They then provided obsolete data. They then offered fake data (and not real firehoses). Then provided a cleaned data set where they already suspended the malicious accounts,” data analyst Andrea Stroppa tweeted


Musk then intervened to tell his Twitter team what he needed to get the deal through.


“Good summary of the problem,” Musk tweeted. “If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they’re confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms. However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not.”


He responded then to the question “Are you sure?” question from a user asking whether the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) was probing into the company’s accounts.


“Good question, why aren’t they?” he asked


The comments come after a report from Insider that Musk’s 146-page countersuit claims Twitter misrepresented the number of spam accounts.


Insider’s report says the countersuit claims that Twitter’s lawsuit to enforce the deal is “filled with personal attacks against Musk and gaudy rhetoric more directed at a media audience than this court” and “is nothing more than an attempt to distract from these misrepresentations.”


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