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  • Twitter should show public proof of less than 5% spam accounts
  • Musk replied with a poop emoji to CEO Parag Agrawal

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Also at the All In Summit, Musk gave the strongest hint yet that he would like to pay less for Twitter than his $44 billion offer made last month.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday said his deal to buy Twitter can't move forward unless the company shows public proof that less than 5 percent of the accounts on the platform are fake or spam.

Musk made the comment in a reply to another user on Twitter early Tuesday.

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In his tweet, Musk said, “20 percent fake/spam accounts, while 4 times what Twitter claims, could be much higher. My offer was based on Twitter's SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter's CEO publicly refused to show proof of 5 percent. This deal cannot move forward until he does.”

At a Miami technology conference Monday, Musk estimated that at least 20 percent of Twitter's 229 million accounts are spam bots, a percentage he said was at the low end of his assessment, according to a Bloomberg News report.

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Also at the All In Summit, Musk gave the strongest hint yet that he would like to pay less for Twitter than his $44 billion offer made last month. Musk had earlier said a viable deal at a lower price would not be out of the question, according to the report by Bloomberg.

He spent much of the previous day in a back-and-forth with Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who posted a series of tweets explaining his company's effort to fight bots and how it has consistently estimated that less than 5 percent of Twitter accounts are fake.

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