Twitter Complains Elon Musk Used 'Poop Emoji' to Disparage Board Members
Company makes legal complaint in lawsuit against tech mogul
Twitter has filed a legal complaint that Elon Musk used a "poop emoji" to publicly disparage members of its board.
Musk recently pulled out of his deal to purchase Twitter for $44 billion.
He revealed that Twitter has failed to provide him with accurate data concerning the number of fake accounts on the platform.
However, Twitter is now suing Musk in an attempt to force him to complete the buyout deal.
Twitter's legal complaint alleges that Musk violated his $44B takeover agreement by disparaging the company.
He's accused of using the "poop emoji" during comments on Twitter about the deal.
Musk’s questions regarding the way Twitter handled spam and fake accounts prompted Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s protestations claiming it was not possible for Twitter to determine which accounts are fake “on any given day.”
Musk had tweeted that he would prioritize removing “spam bots” from Twitter in April.
In early May, Twitter declared in a filing that false or spam accounts represented less than 5% of its monetizable daily active users between January and March.
“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted on May 13.
"The bots are angry at being counted," he added.
Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of usershttps://t.co/Y2t0QMuuyn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 13, 2022
The bots are angry at being counted 🤣— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2022
On May 16, Agrawal issued a series of tweets defending his company, saying, “First, let me state the obvious: spam harms the experience for real people on Twitter, and therefore can harm our business.
"As such, we are strongly incentivized to detect and remove as much spam as we possibly can, every single day.
"Anyone who suggests otherwise is just wrong,” Agrawal continued.
"Our actual internal estimates for the last four quarters were all well under 5% – based on the methodology outlined above.
"The error margins on our estimates give us confidence in our public statements each quarter."
"Unfortunately, we don’t believe that this specific estimation can be performed externally, given the critical need to use both public and private information (which we can’t share),” Agrawal added.
"Externally, it’s not even possible to know which accounts are counted as mDAUs on any given day.”
Musk simply replied with this:
💩— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2022
"So how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money?” Musk added.
"This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter."
So how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money? This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2022
Last Friday, Musk’s lawyer alleged Twitter was “in material breach of multiple provisions” of the takeover; he stated that the Twitter deal did not offer data Musk requested to determine how many fake accounts existed.
On Monday, Twitter’s attorneys said Musk terminating the deal was “invalid and wrongful.”