Twitter offers to share data on fake accounts with Elon Musk

Twitter anticipates a shareholder vote on its $44 billion sale to Elon Musk could come by early August, and it is ready to share sensitive data on spam and fake accounts as it continues to work constructively to complete the deal.
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Elon Musk’s lawyers warned Twitter on Monday that he might walk away from the acquisition if the company fails to provide the data he seeks on spam and fake accounts, Reuters news report said.

Twitter has said it is continuing to share information with Elon Musk. Part of that data is the “firehose,” a set comprising all tweets on the platform analyzed by different parameters, such as devices of users or profiles of accounts that publish tweets, Washington Post news report said.

Twitter sells this data to social media monitoring companies as part of its licensing business but plans to furnish it to Elon Musk for free as part of the information exchange. The firehose does not contain confidential information, such personal details of Twitter users that are not public or how often they verify their accounts.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal last month tweeted he did not believe a calculation of fake and spam accounts could be performed outside the company, because it would require private information that Twitter cannot share.

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