Elon Musk Fires Back at Twitter, Mocks Legal Threat: ‘Chuckmate’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has fired back at Twitter by mocking the social media company’s efforts to take legal action against him for terminating his takeover bid.

Twitter announced it is suing Musk to force him to buy the company after he terminated his agreement over the company’s refusal to show him accurate data on fake accounts.

In a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday, Musk accused Twitter of being in “material breach of multiple provisions”

After Twitter revealed it was suing Musk, he took to the social media platform to post tweets mocking the company’s threat.

Musk tweeted four images of himself laughing next to captions that read: “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter. Then they wouldn’t disclose bot information. Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court. Now they have to disclose bot information in court.”

Next Musk posted a picture of actor Chuck Norris playing chess with a single pawn on his side of the board.

Musk added a caption that said: “Chuckmate.”

Twitter Chairman Brett Taylor said:

“The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement.

“We are confident we will prevail in the Delaware Court of Chancery.”

“Twitter [isn’t] laughing,” according to CNN.

“Shares of the social media platform were down 5% in early pre-market trading Monday.

“Shares were already well off of April’s agreed-upon $54.20-a-share purchase price, closing Friday at $36.81.”

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From CNBC:

The two parties are likely set for a protracted court battle, according to lawyers.

Musk could also be faced with paying a $1 billion breakup fee for walking away.

Musk is one of Twitter’s most popular users, with more than 100 million followers. 

He’s used the social media site for everything from corporate communications for his various companies to bashing the very platform he previously wanted to acquire over gripes with its content rules and fake accounts.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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