Plenty of speculation has been thrown around ever since billionaire Elon Musk offered to buy social network Twitter. Leftists panicked when he promised to protect the free speech rights of users. The company itself was resistant, until Musk made them an offer they could refuse.
But the entire deal was put on ice when Musk accused the company of not giving him the real number of bots on the site. He shook it up even further when he recently announced he was backing out of the deal—leaving the fate of this “woke” company in question.
Twitter is now suing Musk, claiming he broke contract. But what is Musk really doing? He seemed to reveal his plans, in the form of a meme.
Elon Musk on Monday morning poked fun at Twitter’s attempt to force his bid to purchase the short form online platform to go through.
The Tesla CEO tweeted out four images of himself laughing with the accompanying caption, “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter. Then they wouldn’t disclose bot information. Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court. Now they have to disclose bot information in court.”
The tweet was followed with a picture of action star Chuck Norris playing chess with the caption, “Chuckmate.”
Late Friday, Musk announced he was pulling out of his agreement to buy Twitter, citing a lack of information about the number of bot accounts that populate the site. [Source: Just the News]
It appears Musk decided to back out of the deal, with the intention of triggering a lawsuit. Because, by taking Musk to court, the company will have to disclose the real number of bots on Twitter, in court.
They will not be able to delay the release of this information if they want a court case to go through. Twitter has sat on these numbers for months, ever since Musk expressed doubt over the claims that only 5% of the site was bots.
But it seems that Musk is taking drastic measures, to force Twitter to be honest. Hey, when billions of dollars are at stake, why not go all the way?
It seems like Musk has backed Twitter into a corner. They can either walk away from the deal, putting the company in jeopardy. Or, they can go through with a lawsuit and admit to Musk, the court, and the world that much of the site’s userbase are fake accounts.
Was this Musk’s plan all along? To force Twitter to come clean, so he can rebuild it from the ground up? Is this necessary to force social media sites to be honest with their users, regarding bots and their practices overall?
Musk started this journey to protect free speech on social media. But he might end up overturning all of these companies’ shady practices.
Author: Jim Stone