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Musk’s Dispute With Twitter Over Bots Continues to Dog Deal

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WATCH: As Musk is set to attend the Sun Valley Conference, a report says the billionaire’s Twitter deal is in serious jeopardy. Sonali Basak reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Elon Musk’s proposed acquisition of Twitter Inc. may fall apart over his doubts that the company is accurately reporting the number of spam bots on the service, according to a report, even as company executives reiterated the number is low and tried to better explain how they calculate the figures.

Twitter has repeatedly said that spam bots represent less than 5% of its total user base. Musk, meanwhile, has complained that the number is much higher, and has threatened to walk away from his agreement to buy the company for $44 billion until he gets confirmation about Twitter’s bot percentage.