ELON Musk has posted a viral meme targeting Twitter after walking away from his $44 billion takeover bid.
The billionaire Tesla boss revealed plans to buy the app earlier this year – but abandoned the plot on Saturday.
musk51, accused Twitter of misrepresenting itself, arguing that the app had too many spam accounts.
On Monday, Twitter threatened to legally enforce Musk’s acquisition whether he likes it or not.
“Twitter’s board of directors is committed to completing the transaction at the price and terms agreed with Mr. Musk and plans to take legal action to enforce the merger agreement,” said Bret Taylor, Twitter chairman.
Now Musk has hit back with one memes scoffed at the plan to force his hand.
It features four images of a giggling lot, each with a harder laugh than the last.
And each image has two sentences next to the images, separated by four quotation marks: “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter then they wouldn’t disclose bot info.
“Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court; now they must disclose bot information in court.”
Musk points out that the deal fell through due to Twitter’s alleged reluctance to share the scope of the bots in the app.
And he says forcing Musk to go to court to fight for the takeover will only force Twitter to investigate and disclose spam account numbers.
The meme was shared far and wide, racking up almost 60,000 retweets and over 460,000 likes in just a few hours.
But that’s no surprise to the viral Musk, who commands a massive audience of over 100 million Twitter followers.
Musk says Twitter hasn’t provided enough information about spam accounts — and leaked misrepresented numbers to America’s financial watchdog.
Twitter has estimated that around 5% of its accounts are spam bots
And it says it removes around a million spam bot accounts every day.
However, some bots are allowed on Twitter if they are doing a useful service – rather than just publishing spam posts.
For example, a useful bot might publish weather reports or earthquake warnings.
However, Musk fears that the number of bots on Twitter is far higher than has been publicly revealed.
Musk isn’t the only one to criticize the Twitter feud, either.
Evan Williams responded to Twitter chairman Bret Taylor blasting the attempt to force Musk’s hand.
Williams is the former chairman and CEO of Twitter, founder of Medium and blogger and has a net worth of $2.1 billion.
In response to Taylor, he wrote: “I’m sure there are legal/fiduciary reasons why you need to say this Bret.
“But if I were still on the board, I would ask if we could just let this whole ugly episode pass.
“Hopefully that’s the plan and that’s the ceremony.”
There are hopes on Twitter that a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery in the US could force Musk to pay a break fee.
This could see Twitter walk away with $1 billion.
That’s a large sum, but still a fraction of Musk’s estimated net worth of $237.9 billion.
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