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The takeover of Twitter compromised without guarantee on fake accounts

The deal will not be concluded until a certain clause is fulfilled. Elon Musk urges Twitter to provide him with proof that less than 5% of accounts are fake.

Twitter takeover compromised with no warranty on fake accounts

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Tesla boss Elon Musk said Tuesday, May 17, that the takeover of Twitter would not come to an end until he had the guarantee that less than 5% of the accounts on the platform are fake. “The CEO of Twitter yesterday refused to prove that less than 5% of the accounts were fake,” tweeted Elon Musk, who has nearly 94 million followers on the social network. “Until he does, the transaction cannot go forward,” he added.

Elon Musk refers to the explanations provided Monday by Parag Agrawal, the boss of Twitter, on the measures taken to fight against spam and fake accounts. The whimsical entrepreneur had responded with an emoji in the shape of poop. Speaking via video at a conference on Monday, Elon Musk also estimated that fake accounts accounted for at least 20% of Twitter users, according to Bloomberg and tweets from people at the event.


— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 17, 2022

Elon Musk had already announced last Friday to suspend the acquisition of the company, which he wishes to buy for 44 billion dollars, before rectifying the situation a few hours later by specifying that he was “still committed” to carry out successful operation.

“20% fake accounts and spam is four times what Twitter claims, but the real number could be 'much' higher,” Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday. Contacted by AFP, Twitter did not immediately react to the whimsical entrepreneur's latest outburst. The group's stock was down 3.5% in pre-opening electronic trading on Wall Street.

A select sample of accounts

Since it filed its offer takeover, accepted by the social network's board of directors, Elon Musk promised to rid Twitter of spam, better authenticate users and increase transparency. On Friday, he said his team would pick a random sample of 100 followers from Twitter's official account to make sure they were real accounts or not. “I invite others to do the same and see what they discover,” he suggested, before encouraging platform users to select any account with a significant number of subscribers.

Elon Musk has also shown his desire to make it a bastion of freedom of expression, saying he is particularly ready to reinstate former US President Donald Trump, whose account has been permanently suspended after the attack on the Capitol by his supporters in January 2021.

Teilor Stone
Teilor Stonehttps://thesaxon.org
Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116

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