Elon Musk’s deal is in danger of falling apart because the billionaire needs to know the exact number of virtual accounts on the platform.
In the official account of the social network, Elon Musk announced the postponement of the Twitter acquisition agreement until the exact calculation of the number of false accounts on this platform. Twitter shares plunged 20% shortly after the news was announced.
“The agreement with Twitter is temporarily suspended until there are detailed reports of the number of fake accounts, in fact less than 5% of users,” Elon Musk posted on his own Twitter account.
Twitter previously said in a report that “the average number of fake/harassed accounts in the first quarter of 2022 was less than 5% of the platform’s total daily monthly active users.” “.
In a statement last month, Elon Musk wanted to eliminate fake accounts, spam, authenticate all users, and make the platform open source. Musk said his goal is to turn social media into a bastion of free speech by removing barriers to content censorship.
Virtual machines (bots) are allowed on Twitter. However, based on company policy, these accounts should be run automatically. The platform even tags “nice bots” like @tinycarebot, which automatically posts self-care reminders. But virtual machines that leave comments and bulk posts will be banned. The company has algorithms to combat these accounts.
Bloomberg reports that Musk is in talks with investors to raise enough money for the Twitter acquisition. This move is intended to limit the billionaire having to mortgage his Tesla shares to borrow money.
On May 5, Elon Musk revealed that various investors contributed more than $7 billion to the acquisition of Twitter. Among the list are some controversial names, such as Saudi Crown Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, and cryptocurrency exchange Binance founded by China’s Changpeng Zhao.
On April 25, Twitter announced that it had reached a sale agreement to billionaire Elon Musk for $44 billion. The social media platform with hundreds of millions of users, including leaders from many countries, will be controlled by the world’s richest billionaire. However, it was recently reported that this deal may fail as Twitter’s share price continues to fall sharply, far from the price offered by Elon Musk.