Twitter to provide Elon Musk with data “firehose”: Report

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Twitter looks like it will finally be complying with Elon Musk’s request for data to verify the number of fake or spam accounts on the social media platform.

Earlier this week Musk put Twitter on notice that he was prepared to walk away from the $44 billion deal due to what he called a “material breach” of the merger agreement.

That breach was the company’s refusal to provide him with data to verify their claims that less than 5% of daily active users are fake.

After repeated attempts to obtain to the data, a source familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post that the company will offer Musk access to its full “firehose” of data as soon as this week.

According to the report, about two dozen companies pay for access to this data, which includes real-time data on the 500 million or so tweets published each day like what devices tweets came from and information about the accounts behind them.

The company is reportedly doubtful that Musk will find anything within the “firehose” that will differ from their original findings. If he does however, Musk could contend that Twitter was underestimating the number of spam users and as a result in breach of its obligations under the merger agreement.

That would allow Musk to either renegotiate the deal at a lower price, or walk away from it without having to pay the $1 billion termination fee.

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