Elon Musk Says He Could Revive Twitter Deal If Key Condition Is Met


Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk signaled that his $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter might ultimately go through if the social media firm would provide him with data on user accounts and bots.

“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,” Musk wrote on Aug. 6 in response to a Twitter user’s comment.

“However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not.”

In response to a Twitter user asking if the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is probing “dubious claims” by the company, Musk wrote, “Good question, why aren’t they?”

Musk wrote later that he wants to challenge Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a debate.

About the same time, he posted a poll asking if fewer than 5 percent of daily users on Twitter were spam or bots.

As of the morning of Aug. 7, about 65 percent disagreed with that assertion, while 35 percent agreed.

“I hereby challenge [Parag Agrawal] to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage. Let him prove to the public that Twitter has [less than 5 percent] fake or spam daily users!” Musk wrote.

After Musk and Twitter jointly announced he would purchase the company and take it private, Musk said he would back out of the deal, accusing Twitter of failing to provide satisfactory answers on its claims regarding the size of its user base.

The firm filed a lawsuit against the Tesla and SpaceX CEO to complete the acquisition.