ELON Musk has shared his thoughts on a report that claims a large number of Joe Biden’s Twitter followers are fake.
The world’s richest man took to Twitter on Wednesday to react to a new audit that explores supporters of President Joe Biden.
“Interesting,” Musk wrote in response to a tweet from Gary Black, an SEC-registered investment adviser, who shared the audit.
The report, which was published by Newsweek, claims nearly half of Biden’s current 22.2 million Twitter followers are fake accounts.
“So … [checks calculator] …that would be 10 times more than 5%,” Musk added in a separate tweet.
This figure was provided by an audit tool developed by the software company SparkToro.
SparkToro’s report is based on an assessment of several factors, including location issues, default profile pictures, and new users.
Musk, who is currently trying to take over Twitter, has previously raised concerns about the number of fake accounts on the platform.
Now, this report may cast further doubt on its $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the billionaire Tesla founder said the purchase ‘cannot go forward’ until CEO Parag Agrawal provides ‘proof’ that less than 5% of accounts are fake. .
The Tesla CEO has publicly argued with Agrawal over the number of robot accounts on the platform.
Musk claimed that 20% of Twitter accounts were “fake/spam accounts” and that figure was “4x what Twitter claims, could be *much* higher.”
Meanwhile, Agrawal claimed the internal estimates are actually “much lower” than the 5% reported, adding that he does not believe the figure can be accurately studied by a third party.
Musk responded to the tweets with a single poo emoji. He then asked how Twitter advertisers knew what they were getting for their money.
“My offer was based on the accuracy of Twitter’s SEC filings,” Musk wrote.
“Yesterday the CEO of Twitter publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal can't move forward until it does."
At the All In Summit, Musk strongly hinted that he would be willing to pay less for Twitter than the current deal on the table.
It’s unclear at this time if SpaceX’s CEO will use the unconfirmed reports to negotiate a better deal for the acquisition.
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