Elon Musk says a lower price for Twitter is ‘not out of the question.’

Elon Musk threw one other curveball at his takeover of Twitter on Monday.

At a know-how convention in Miami, Mr. Musk, the world’s richest man, stated putting a deal for Twitter at a lower price was “not at the out of the query,” in response to a one who attended the occasion.

Mr. Musk’s remark got here in response to a query over whether or not he would renegotiate his deliberate $44 billion acquisition of Twitter over its said figures of what number of bots, or spam accounts, exist on the social media service, the attendee stated. Mr. Musk stated that Twitter’s determine — lower than 5 % of all accounts — was troublesome to consider.

Twitter’s shares fell 8 % on Monday to shut at $37.39. That was far beneath the $54.20 a share that Mr. Musk agreed to pay final month to purchase the social media firm.

Mr. Musk, who additionally leads the rocket firm SpaceX and the electrical automaker Tesla, has unleashed confusion over the state of the deal. Final Friday, he tweeted that his buy of Twitter was “temporarily on hold” till he may get extra particulars about the quantity of spam and pretend accounts on the platform. He later adopted up saying he was nonetheless “committed” to the deal.

Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief govt, additionally posted a prolonged tweet thread on Monday detailing how the firm calculates its quantity of bots. He stated the firm had shared an “overview of the estimation course of with Elon a week in the past.” Mr. Musk responded to the thread with a poop emoji.

Mr. Musk didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Twitter declined to remark.

Analysts have speculated that Mr. Musk has been attempting to again out of the deal or renegotiate a lower price. Tech firm shares taken a beating since Mr. Musk first introduced his acquisition of Twitter earlier this month. Shares of Tesla, that are Mr. Musk’s foremost supply of wealth, have fallen nearly 30 %.

Renegotiating a deal wouldn’t be simple. Along with a $1 billion breakup charge, Mr. Musk’s cope with Twitter contains a “particular efficiency clause,” which provides the firm the proper to sue him and drive him to finish the deal as long as the debt financing he has corralled for the deal stays intact.

However Mr. Musk has additionally created very public complications for Twitter. Over the weekend, he tweeted that Twitter’s authorized division had “known as to complain” that he violated a nondisclosure settlement discussing its bot pattern measurement of 100. Mr. Musk’s cope with Twitter additionally has a nondisparagement clause that prohibits him from tweeting negatively about the transaction.

The 2 sides have up to now continued as if there is a deal. Groups for each side held a beforehand scheduled assembly on Friday. (Twitter confirmed the assembly was “half of the transaction planning course of.”) On Friday, Bret Taylor, Twitter’s chairman, tweeted: “We remain committed to our agreement.

Mike Isaac contributed reporting.

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