Elon Musk puts Twitter deal ‘temporarily on hold’ over bots

One of the biggest tech stories of the year so far came when Twitter “entered into a definitive deal to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk,” for a deal that could end up worth around $44 billion. Since then, the action has been more or less non-stop, with the most recent developments being the firing of a handful of executives and Musk’s declaration that he would allow former US President Donald Trump to return to the platform.

Now, Musk has suddenly announced that the deal is “temporarily on hold” (thanks FT), tweeting a recent Reuters article about the percentage of spam/bot accounts on the platform and saying he needs details to back up Twitter’s claims of that they represent less than 5% of users on the platform.

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