For months, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been tipped to take over social media platform Twitter with a $44 billion offer. The saga continued without much progress, but it was reported last week that Musk was pulling out of the deal. However, the story continued with the Twitter board revealing plans to sue the SpaceX owner.
Musk was unfazed, and he mocked the company’s efforts to force him to buy the company by taking to their platform.
On early Monday, Musk tweeted four images and a caption of texts that read:
“They said I couldn’t buy Twitter. Then they wouldn’t disclose bot information,” he wrote. “Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court. Now they have to disclose bot information in court.”
He followed up his post with a picture of legendary actor Chuck Norris engaged in a game of chess with a single pawn on his side of the board and a complete set on the opposite end. “Chuckmate,” he wrote.
Musk and Twitter’s affairs may have been ongoing for months, but things escalated last Friday when the SpaceXowner disclosed that he was pulling out of the agreement to buy the social media platform.
He explained that the lack of information about the number of bot accounts on Twitter was one of the primary reasons for pulling out of the deal. His lawyer added that Twitter was “in material breach of multiple provisions of the original agreement.”
It was then that Twitter decided to pursue legal action to “enforce the merger agreement.”
Meanwhile, Twitter investors are in a predicament as shares of the social media platform were down by 5% in early pre-market trading on Monday.
Was Elon Musk’s account suspended?
Shortly after news traveled of Elon Musk abandoning his pursuit of the company, many people fell for a hoax that claimed Twitter suspended the SpaceX owner’s account.
Screenshots circulated that showed Musk’s account had indeed been suspended, and some tweets added links to the account. However, it was revealed that the Twitter handle “@elonmusk” used the capital i instead of l, reading as “eionmusk.”
Twitter later confirmed that the “@eionmusk” account had been suspended for impersonating the SpaceX owner.
The social media platform also opted not to take action on “@HighyieldHarry,” who sent the hoax and fake account viral.