Elon Musk hits out at Twitter with ‘viral meme’ as Silicon Valley feud erupts

ELON Musk has posted a viral meme targeting Twitter after he walked away from his $44 billion takeover bid.

The billionaire Tesla boss revealed plans to buy the app earlier this year – but dropped the plot on Saturday.


Elon Musk shared a meme of himself mocking Twitter – despite claims he could be forced to complete the takeoverCredit: Twitter / Elon Musk

Musk51, has accused Twitter of misrepresenting itself, arguing that the app has too many spam accounts.

On Monday, Twitter threatened to legally enforce Musk’s takeover whether it liked it or not.

“Twitter’s board of directors is committed to completing the transaction at the price and terms agreed to with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement,” said Bret Taylor, president of Twitter.

Now Musk has hit back with a same mocking the plan to force his hand.

It features four images of a lot laugh, each with a harder laugh than the last.

And each image contains two sentences divided into four quotes next to the images: “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter, so they wouldn’t release information about the bot.

“Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court; now they have to leak information about the bot in court.”

Musk argues the deal fell apart due to Twitter’s alleged reluctance to share the scale of bots on the app.

And he says forcing Musk to fight for takeover will only force Twitter to investigate and reveal spam account numbers.

The meme was widely shared, racking up nearly 60,000 retweets and over 460,000 likes within hours.

But that won’t surprise the viral Musk, who controls a vast audience of more than 100 million Twitter followers.

According to Musk, Twitter failed to provide enough information about spam accounts – and leaked distorted numbers to the US finance watchdog.

Twitter has estimated that around 5% of its accounts are spambots

And he says he deletes about a million spam bot accounts every day.

However, some bots are allowed on Twitter if they provide a useful service – rather than just posting spam.

For example, a helpful bot might post weather reports or earthquake warnings.

But Musk fears that the number of bots on Twitter is far higher than publicly revealed.

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Musk isn’t the only one criticizing the feud on Twitter, either.

Evan Williams has responded to Twitter chairman Bret Taylor’s attempt to force Musk’s hand.

Williams is the former chairman and CEO of Twitter, founded Medium and Blogger, and has a net worth of $2.1 billion.

Responding to Taylor, he wrote, “I’m sure there are legal/fiduciary grounds for saying that, Bret.

“But if I was still on the board, I would ask if we can just let this whole horrible episode end.

“I hope that’s the plan and that’s the ceremony.”

On the side of Twitter, it is hoped that a lawsuit in the Chancery Court of Delaware in the United States could force Musk to pay a termination fee.

This could see Twitter walk away with $1 billion.

That’s a big sum, but still a fraction of Musk’s estimated $237.9 billion net worth.

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