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Elon Musk Provides New Updates On His Bid To Purchase Twitter

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Billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk late Friday shared more information about the pace of his bid to buy Twitter after turning heads earlier in the day with some statements he made on the platform.

Earlier in the day, Musk stunned observers when he claimed out of nowhere that the deal was “on hold” pending the outcome of an analysis of how many bot accounts are currently on the platform.

“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” he wrote.

But then, just a few hours later, he tweeted, “Still committed to acquisition.”

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Later Friday, he went on to elaborate a bit more about what the process entailed after writing, “The bots are angry at being counted,” followed by a laugh-out-loud emoji.

One Twitter user then noted: “Elon, can you elaborate a bit on the ‘process’? So that we as Twitter can help you in finding out the real percentage of scam/spam/bot accounts.”

“Any sensible random sampling process is fine. If many people independently get similar results for % of fake/spam/duplicate accounts, that will be telling. I picked 100 as the sample size number, because that is what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate,” Musk responded.

“You didn’t think about this before offering $44 billion to buy the company?” another user asked.

“I relied upon the accuracy of Twitter’s public filings,” Musk explained in response.

Still another user went on to suggest that the bulk of their followers are likely bot accounts.

“I think between 42-69% of my new daily followers are bots. Not even joking. Sarah048527054 with 3 tweets, 0 followers and a 3 month old account is basically half of my news followers. Unsure if these are regularly purged. I hope so,” the user wrote, followed by a response from Musk: “Interesting.”

Another social media platform owner — former President Donald Trump, whose Truth Social debuted earlier this year — expressed the opinion that he doesn’t believe Musk will follow through with the purchase.

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“There is no way Elon Musk is going to buy Twitter at such a ridiculous price, especially since realizing it is a company largely based on BOTS or Spam Accounts,” the 45th president wrote, as reported by the New York Post.

“Fake anyone?”

Speaking of Trump, the former president’s company, Trump Media & Technology Group, is now hiring content and other producers ahead of launching a new streaming platform called TMTG+.

“Trump Media & Technology Group’s streaming video on demand service will be a ‘Big Tent’ platform offering broad-based entertainment rooted in free speech,” says an advertisement for the positions. “The American public is seeking ‘non-woke’ entertainment, and TMTG+ will provide content for all to enjoy.

“In addition to the social media platform Truth Social, our SVOD platform TMTG+ will be the home for a wide variety of non-scripted, scripted, and original content,” it adds.

In addition to the Social Media platform Truth Social, our [streaming video on demand] platform TMTG+ will be the home for a wide variety of non-scripted, scripted, and original content,” the ad continues.

“The team at Trump Media & Technology Group Streaming Video is seeking a Content Development Manager with a passion for day-to-day development of the TMTG+ programming slate,” the posting adds. “The role will generate and develop internal concepts for original unscripted content, short form series episodes and specials. Our ideal candidate will be able to establish priorities and multi-task efficiently within a fast-paced environment while meeting strict deadlines.”

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