Twitter is prepared to throw everything that it has against Elon Musk in court as it seeks to force him to go through with his agreement to purchase the social media giant, and that includes fecal matter in the form of a poop emoji that he dropped on CEO Parag Agrawal.
Frustrated by the San Francisco-based company’s refusal to provide data that would allow for the actual number of bot and spam accounts on the platform that many believe has dramatically inflated the number of users, the SpaceX/Tesla CEO pulled the plug, terminating the $44 billion deal by stating that Twitter “appears to have made false and misleading representations” according to a letter that his attorneys published in SEC filings last week.
Twitter then sued Musk in a complaint filed in Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday, accusing him of breach of contract and disparaging the company, causing the stock price to tank. Twitter stock closed at $36.74 per share on Wednesday, down from $54.20 in April.
“Musk apparently believes that he — unlike every other party subject to Delaware contract law — is free to change his mind, trash the company, disrupt its operations, destroy stockholder value,” Twitter writes in its legal filing.
One piece of evidence is the poop emoji that Musk used to reply to a lengthy May 16 thread from Agrawal suggesting that an external review to determine the percentage of fake accounts on the platform could not be done.
“As such, we are strongly incentivized to detect and remove as much spam as we possibly can, every single day,” Agrawal wrote. “Anyone who suggests otherwise is just wrong.”
The exec added, “We suspend over half a million spam accounts every day, usually before any of you even see them on Twitter. We also lock millions of accounts each week that we suspect may be spam – if they can’t pass human verification challenges (captchas, phone verification, etc.)”
Musk weighed in on the explanation by expressing what he really felt about Agrawal’s extended way of saying no to his request for the data to be analyzed.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2022
“Since signing the merger agreement, Musk has repeatedly disparaged Twitter and the deal, creating business risk for Twitter and downward pressure on its share price,” Twitter wrote in its legal filing against Musk.
Musk’s response? He dropped another poop emoji in a response to a gaming news account’s report that Twitter had cited his mockery of Agrawal as proof that he defamed the company, clarifying that the popular image stood for BS.
💩 = bs
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2022
The troubled Twitter deal isn’t the only thing that’s landed Musk in the headlines lately, there is his spat with former President Donald J. Trump after he denied that he had voted for him and suggested that it was time for the leading candidate for the 2024 GOP nomination to retire from politics.
“I don’t hate the man, but it’s time for Trump to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset,” Musk recently tweeted also imploring vengeful Dems to call off the dogs. “Dems should also call off the attack – don’t make it so that Trump’s only way to survive is to regain the Presidency.”
I don’t hate the man, but it’s time for Trump to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset.
Dems should also call off the attack – don’t make it so that Trump’s only way to survive is to regain the Presidency.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 12, 2022
Trump blasted Musk as a “bulls**t artist” during a raucous rally in Anchorage, Alaska over the weekend.
From early indications, the legal battle between Musk and Twitter is going to be epic.
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