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Elon Musk announced on Friday morning that his deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion is “temporarily on hold.”
The Tesla CEO made the announcement on Twitter – where else – and linked to a Reuters report from May 2 that said Twitter had estimated that spam or fake accounts on its platform constituted less than 5% of its total number of users.
“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted on Friday.
The announcement is the latest setback to a deal announced in late April, and Musk’s tweet sent Twitter’s shares plummeting by almost 25% in pre-market trading on Friday morning.
Musk’s deal to buy Twitter came after a tumultuous few weeks that saw the SpaceX founder acquire a large portion of the company and initially agree to join its board of directors. He then reversed course, turning down the chance to join the board and instead launched a hostile takeover.
Twitter’s board tried to poison the deal, but in late April announced it would accept Musk’s offer to buy the company for $54.20 per share in cash. Since that offer the company’s share price has plummeted and its market capitalization has plummeted to over $9 billion below Musk’s $44 billion purchase price.
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