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Elon Musk Questions Why SEC Not Investigating Twitter Spam Data

The world’s richest person Elon Musk has taken his concern about Twitter Inc. to the social media site again.

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| Updated on: Aug 07 2022, 22:59 IST
As Elon Musk bullies Vijaya Gadde at Twitter, Parag Agrawal, Dick Costolo react
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1/5 Just a day after his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter was announced, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticized Twitter’s way of working and targeted the company’s legal chief Vijaya Gadde through several tweets. (REUTERS)
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2/5 Musk criticized Twitter’s algorithm of blocking certain personalities on the social media platform and limiting the spread of information. However, it seems that the company’s CEO Parag Agrawal has his employees’ back. (REUTERS)
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3/5 Agrawal praised the work of his employees and appreciated them working hard despite the “noise”, referring to Musk’s tweets, albeit in a subtle manner. Musk’s tweets have had a public reaction, resulting in several racial slurs directed at Vijaya Gadde (REUTERS)
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4/5 Parag Agrawal tweeted, “I took this job to change Twitter for the better, course correct where we need to, and strengthen the service. Proud of our people who continue to do the work with focus and urgency despite the noise.” (AFP)
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5/5 Meanwhile, it seems that former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has also jumped to Vijaya Gadde’s defence. He replied to Musk’s tweet directly, “what's going on? You're making an executive at the company you just bought the target of harassment and threats.” Costolo later tweeted that “Bullying is not leadership”. (REUTERS)
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Elon Musk has accused Twitter of misrepresenting the size of its user base to distort its value and cited the issue of fake accounts. (REUTERS)

The world's richest person Elon Musk has taken his concern about Twitter Inc. to the social media site again. Responding to a thread initiated by another user, Musk said the deal to buy the company “should proceed on original terms” if Twitter would provide their method for sampling accounts and confirm them to be genuine. “However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not,” he also said.

Musk questioned the US Securities and Exchange Commission for not investigating Twitter over its account data and also challenged Twitter Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal to a public debate over the number of so-called bots on the platform.

Twitter is currently suing Musk over the canceled $44 billion buyout. Musk has argued that Twitter checks only 100 accounts a day when trying to calculate the number of spam bots on the service.

Musk has accused Twitter of misrepresenting the size of its user base to distort its value and cited the issue of fake accounts as a main reason for abandoning his offer to buy the company. Twitter responded by saying that the idea that Musk, backed by a team of lawyers and financial advisers, was “hoodwinked” into signing the purchase agreement was “as implausible and contrary to fact as it sounds.”

Musk's arguments for abandoning the deal were revealed in counterclaims filed under seal in a Delaware court last week. Musk is asking the judge to declare Twitter in breach of contract.

Musk originally agreed to pay $54.2 per Twitter share. The company's stock has plunged along with other technology stocks since then and now trades at $42.52 a share.

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First Published Date: 07 Aug, 22:59 IST
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