Billionaire Elon Musk today demanded “evidence” from a Twitter address that fake accounts accounted for less than 5% of the total in the social network to proceed with the company’s purchase, again fueling doubts about the close-priced operation. is 44,000 million dollars.
Musk, who has questioned these figures in recent days, on Monday again criticized the explanation given by Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal.
The richest man in the world said that AgarwalRefusal to show evidence publicly» That fake and spam accounts represent less than 5% of the total, as claimed by the social network.
“This deal can’t proceed until I (provide evidence),” Musk said in a tweet.
Last week, Tesla’s chief already said he was crippling the purchase of Twitter Until he did not have more information about how many fake accounts are on the social network, although he later revealed that he is still “committed to the acquisition.”
Doubts generated by Musk have caused a significant drop in Twitter’s stock price in recent days, which has contributed to speculation about whether Musk really wants to stop the buyout or if he is willing to pay a lower price than agreed. Trying to negotiate it again.
This week, the tycoon has returned to the fray by emphasizing the issue of false accounts and on Monday he responded by tweeting an emoticon of excrement in response to a series of clarifications on the matter from Twitter’s chief director.
In his message thread, Agarwal indicated that the social network suspends more than half a million spam accounts every day “before users can see them.”
“The most difficult challenge is that many accounts that appear to be superficial are actually real people. And some of the bogus accounts that are actually the most dangerous, and do the most harm to our users, may seem completely legitimate.”
Meanwhile, Aggarwal said that this is the reason why the Twitter team Can’t identify all fake profiles.
However, he pointed out that “actual internal estimates for the past four quarters were well below 5%”, a figure that has been questioned by some external analyses, which put that percentage at 20%, a number that Musk described as given credibility.
On the other hand, a notification sent to the US stock market regulator and made public today offered new details about Musk’s first talks to go ahead with the purchase of Twitter.
According to the letter, the billionaire contacted former company chief Jack Dorsey on March 26 to discuss the future of the social network, and on the same day, he spoke with Egon Duban, a member of the board of directors, about the possibility. to enter it
From there, Musk negotiated joining the board of directors of Twitter, a company in which he already had a significant stake, and, when everything was ready to take that step, He changed his mind and informed the company of his intention to acquire it and take it private.
In the end, the Twitter board accepted an offer worth about $44,000 million that would give Musk full control of the company if the process eventually kicks off.
Musk asks Twitter for evidence about the real number of fake accounts to stop buying