Twitter Won’t Budge in Face of Musk’s Spam Bot Obsession, Says It Will ‘Enforce the Merger Agreement’

Twitter Won’t Budge in Face of Musk’s Spam Bot Obsession, Says It Will ‘Enforce the Merger Agreement’
Twitter is tired of Musk mayhem. (Illustration: Chris Delmas / AFP, Getty Images)

You can almost hear the exasperated sigh at Twitter when you look at the havoc Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and possibly Twitter’s future owner, has wreaked on on and off the social media platform over the last few days. Despite the shitshow, Twitter wants to move forward with the $US44 ($61) billion sale to Musk and seems to be prepared to force him to honour the merger agreement.

CNN Business published a new look into Twitter’s line of thinking on Wednesday morning following yet another round of Musk mayhem. The outlet reported that it received a new statement on the matter from Twitter’s board on Tuesday night in which it reiterated that it believes the merger agreement at the stated price is in the best interest of all shareholders.

“The Board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $US54.20 ($75) per share. We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement,” the board reportedly said.

As noted by CNN Business, the words “enforce the agreement” seem to imply that Twitter is ready to sue Musk to compel him to follow through on the sale. If Musk decides to walk away from the agreement, he would have to pay a $US1 ($1.44) billion breakup fee.

Gizmodo reached out to Twitter on Wednesday morning to confirm the board’s statement but had not heard back by the time of publication.

Earlier on Tuesday, the billionaire tweeted that his deal to acquire Twitter could not “move forward” until the social media platform proved that spam bots and fake accounts made up less than 5% of its users.

Twitter responded to Musk’s recent antics in a proxy filing it submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission the same day. In the document, the company continued to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the merger and said it was determined to complete the deal “as promptly as practicable.”

If the CNN report is accurate, Twitter has added new friction into its public battle with Musk, a man who once coveted the social media network but now comments about it with the poop emoji. It’s honestly not clear whether Musk wants to buy Twitter at all anymore. Some analysts believe that Musk is just using the spam bot excuse to try to get out of the deal altogether or push down the price.

Twitter’s stock has tumbled since Musk began to express scepticism on the deal and on the social media company itself. On Sunday, he said that users were “being manipulated by [Twitter’s] algorithm” in ways they didn’t realise in a tweet to his more than 93 million followers.