Elon Musk’s Tweets to be used in Twitter lawsuit – including poo emoji to CEO

Elon Musk's tweets could be used against him in a Twitter lawsuit for trying to get out of his $44 billion (around £37 billion) contract to buy the company.

Last week, Musk announced that he was pulling the plug on the deal to acquire the social media platform after months of public debating over data and spam bots.

Now his own tweets are being used against him, including an infamous poo emoji tweet directed at Twitter’s CEO.

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The world's richest man has been trying to buy the company since April in a process that started off as a takeover but turned hostile after Musk raised questions regarding bots.

However, when he made his withdrawal announcement last week, he did so claiming that Twitter is “in material breach of multiple provisions” of their contract.

Twitter is now suing Musk because, according to its complaint, he “refuses to honour his obligations to Twitter and its stockholders because the deal he signed no longer serves his personal interests.”

After the announcement of the deal, multiple senior executives at Twitter left the company and its stock value plummeted.

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In May, he said, on Twitter, the deal was on hold, after taking issue with the way Twitter calculated how many “spam bots” are on the platform.

Hours later, he tweeted that he was “still committed to acquisition.”

Twitter’s complaint, filed on Tuesday (July 12), is 62 pages of burns, quips, and allegations against Musk that bring up Musk's conduct on the platform.

Throughout the complaint, Twitter’s lawyers included screenshots and text from Musk’s own tweets.

His public statements about spam bots come up in a section of Twitter’s complaint titled “Musk grasps for an out,” where Twitter embedded a screenshot of his April tweet, “If our twitter bid succeeds, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!”

Musk's obsession with spam bots on Twitter saw an April press release announcing the agreement, stating that one of the goals of buying the company was to “make Twitter better than ever” by “defeating the spam bots”..

Twitter claims in the complaint that following a May 13 diligence meeting with Musk, immediately after the meeting, he tweeted “a misrepresentation that Twitter’s sample size for spam estimates was just 100.”

Parag Agrawal tweeted a thread about how the company fights spam, and Musk replied with a poop emoji.

That’s also in the complaint as an example of a “disparaging” tweet;

Twitter claims that part of their contract, “Musk may so Tweet only ‘so long as such Tweets do not disparage the Company or any of its Representatives.’”


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