For months, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been pushing to take over social media platform Twitter with a $44 billion bid. The saga continued without much progress, but it was reported last week that Musk was shutting down his Twitter plans. However, the story continues with the Twitter board revealing intentions to sue the owner of SpaceX.
Musk remained unfazed by the announcement and scoffed at the company’s attempts to force him to buy the company by posting on their platform on Monday. He tweeted four images and a caption that read:
“They said I couldn’t buy Twitter. Then they wouldn’t disclose bot information,” he wrote. “Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court. Now they have to disclose bot information in court.”
He followed his post with a photo of legendary actor Chuck Norris involved in a game of chess with a single pawn on one side of the board and a full set of pieces on the other. “Chuckmate,” he wrote.
The Musk and Twitter deal may have been going on for months, but escalated last Friday when the owner of SpaceX announced he would be leaving the deal to buy the social media platform.
He explained that the lack of information about the number of bot accounts on Twitter was a major reason for walking out on the deal. His lawyer added that Twitter had been “in material breach of multiple provisions of the original agreement.”
Twitter has therefore decided to take legal action to “enforce the merger agreement”.
Meanwhile, Twitter investors are in a tough spot, with the social media platform’s shares falling 5% ahead of Monday’s pre-market trading.
Was Elon Musk’s Account Really Banned?
Shortly after it was announced that Elon Musk would drop the company’s lawsuit, many people fell for a hoax claiming that Twitter had suspended the SpaceX owner’s account. Screens circulated showing that Musk’s account had actually been suspended and some tweets contained links to the account. However, it was found that the Twitter account “@elonmusk” used a capital “i” instead of the letter “l” and was read as “eionmusk”.
Twitter later confirmed that the “@eionmusk” account had previously been suspended for posing as the owner of SpaceX, confusing Musk’s followers.
The social media platform also chose not to take action against “@HighyieldHarry”, which went viral for the hoax and fake account.
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