Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested early Saturday that his acquisition deal with Twitter could still go through if the social media platform provided information on how it confirms sampled accounts are real.
“If Twitter just gives their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they are confirmed to be genuine, the deal should be on the original terms,” he said. Musk tweeted. “However, if their SEC filings are found to be materially inaccurate, then they shouldn’t be.”
He later tweeted that he was challenging the CEO of Twitter to a debate.
Musk too tweeted a poll asking whether less than 5 percent of daily users on Twitter were spam or fake.
Musk’s tweets are the latest in the drama between SpaceX’s CEO and the social media platform after legal action over his bid to buy Twitter.
Earlier this year, Musk reached a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, but less than three months later, he ended the deal. His legal team argued at the time that insufficient information was provided about bots on Twitter’s site. The team also claimed that the social media company had fired several employees in violation of their agreement and that the statements regarding bots were incorrect.
The social media platform has sued Musk to force him to complete the acquisition.
“After putting on a public spectacle to bring Twitter into play and proposing and then signing a seller-friendly merger agreement, Musk apparently believes that he—unlike any other party subject to Delaware contract law—is free to change your mind, disrupt the company, its operations, destroy shareholder value and walk away,” the lawsuit against Musk said.
But Musk filed a counter-charge earlier this month, with his lawyers claiming he was not consulted about major decisions at the social media company and that the billionaire entered into the deal without being aware of the platform’s “misrepresentations or omissions.” , which influenced his perception of the site’s value, according to The Associated Press.
Twitter hit back at the counter-charge, saying the argument was “made up in an effort to escape a merger deal that Musk no longer found appealing as the stock market — and with it his vast personal wealth — declined in value.”
— Updated at 3:26 pm