Tesla and Spacex CEO Elon Musk believes that Twitter is in material breach of the merger agreement with him, so he has the right to terminate the deal. The social media giant has refused to provide critical information relating to spam and fake accounts on its platform, Musk’s legal team explained.
Twitter has … refused to provide the information that Mr. Musk has repeatedly requested since May 9, 2022 to facilitate his evaluation of spam and fake accounts on the company’s platform.
“Mr. Musk has made it clear that he does not believe the company’s lax testing methodologies are adequate so he must conduct his own analysis,” Musk’s lawyer added.
The letter notes that Twitter is required to provide the data Musk asked for under the merger agreement. Musk’s legal team further argued that the requested data is necessary to form a complete and accurate understanding of Twitter’s active user base, which is “the very core of Twitter’s business model.”
The Tesla CEO suspects that Twitter’s refusal to comply with the merger agreement obligations could mean “the company is withholding the requested data due to concern for what Mr. Musk’s own analysis of that data will uncover,” the lawyer detailed.
Furthermore, the Spacex boss believes that Twitter is “actively resisting and thwarting his information rights … under the merger agreement,” the letter describes, adding:
This is a clear material breach of Twitter’s obligations under the merger agreement and Mr. Musk reserves all rights resulting therefrom, including his right not to consummate the transaction and his right to terminate the merger agreement.
Our view: Musk looking to walk away from deal.
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