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TECHNO – A crap that was worth 44 billion and one more twist in the soap opera between Twitter and Elon Musk. Since the billionaire, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, put an end to the takeover agreement of the social network, the leaders of this one do not let themselves be done. Very quickly, Twitter announced that it was taking legal action to force Elon Musk to pay the planned $ 44 billion.
Indeed, according to the lawyers of the social network, the terms of the purchase agreement which had been concluded were not respected. According to Twitter, Elon Musk thus “claimed to ‘suspend’ the agreement pending the fulfillment of imaginary conditions, failed in his obligation to find financing (…), breached his duty of reserve (and) used confidential information for evil purposes.”
Did Elon Musk deceive his world?
And at the heart of this argument, we find… a poo emoji. To demonstrate that Elon Musk violated the agreement, Twitter actually highlights a tweet from the billionaire responding to Parag Agrawal, the boss of the social network. The latter, in a long series of messages, detailed the methods implemented by his teams to determine if an account is held by a human. Details to which Elon Musk had therefore responded with the famous emoji
A detail not so anecdotal since the agreement contained a ban on denigrating the other party, an attitude which obviously could have harmed them. Today, the company and its lawyers intend to demonstrate that Elon Musk has failed in his commitments. Same thing, says the complaint, when the billionaire quipped about investigations launched to determine the number of fake accounts on the platforms.
The issue of bots (understanding accounts that are in fact robots publishing or mechanically replying to other users) is a key issue in the case since the number of “fake accounts” determines the real use of Twitter and therefore its value for its owner . The greater the proportion of machines among registered accounts, the fewer humans there are on Twitter and therefore the less the network represents an investment opportunity.
On this subject, Twitter also intends to use the current legal proceedings to demonstrate that Elon Musk made it a key argument to cancel the takeover even though he was aware of the existence of this problem. So much so that in the midst of this court showdown, a single emoji could cost either party tens of thousands of dollars.
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