Lawsuit Discovery Shows Texts Between Elon Musk And Jack Dorsey Over Twitter Bot Accounts

As Elon Musk continues to litigate with Twitter over the purchase of the company, text messages have been revealed that show Musk complaining about the percentage of bot accounts on the social media platform.

The text messages indicate that Musk communicated with former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about the existence of bot accounts.

Musk referred to his conversations with Dorsey to a Twitter board member in April.

“This is hard to do as a public company, as purging fake users will make the numbers look terrible, so restructuring should be done as a private company,” Musk said. “This is Jack’s opinion too.”

Musk also reached out to current Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal to gain a better understanding of the company’s code.

“I would like to understand the technical details of the Twitter codebase,” Musk asked. “This will help me calibrate the dumbness of my suggestions.”

Musk expounded on his complaints with Twitter to Morgan Stanley Director Michael Grimes.

“An extremely fundamental due diligence item is understanding exactly how Twitter confirms that 95% of their daily active users are both real people and not double counted,” he wrote to Grimes. “They couldn’t answer that on Friday, which is insane.”

“If that number is 50% or lower, which is what I would guess based on my feed, then they have been fundamentally misrepresenting the value of Twitter to advertisers and investors,” Musk continued. “To be super clear, this deal moves forward if it passes due diligence, but obviously not if there are massive gaping issues.”

“True user accounts are a showstopper if actually much lower than the 95% claimed,” he added.

Twitter is suing to enforce Musk’s purchase of the company, while Musk is hoping to back out based on the misrepresentation made by the platform as to the number of bot accounts.