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(Doha) Billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday there were “some unresolved issues” in his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, including the “very significant” number of fake users on the social network.

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“There are still some unresolved issues,” said Elon Musk during the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha, where he appeared via video, but did not want to expand much on the “sensitive” topic of the Twitter takeover.

According to him, the social network estimates the number of fake accounts and spam at less than 5% of daily active users, which the entrepreneur questions.

“We are still waiting for a settlement on this very important issue,” the head of Tesla and SpaceX said, while Twitter finally agreed in early June to provide him with the necessary information on the matter.

He added that Twitter’s debt and shareholder vote for it were among the issues to be resolved.

Elon Musk wants 80% of North Americans and half of the world to join the social network, and understands that it should not therefore be “a place where people feel uncomfortable or harassed”.

This is where his concept of freedom of expression, “different from free access” to content, comes into play.

“Twitter’s approach should be to allow people to say what they want within the confines of the law and limit what they see based on user preferences,” he said.

If his takeover project is successful, Elon Musk wants to “steer the product” on Twitter, as he does at Tesla and SpaceX, without necessarily holding the title of CEO.

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Le multimilliardaire a égallement précisé les chiffres publiés dans les médias début juin sur une possible baisse d’effectifs chez Tesla, annonçant que le nombre d’employés devrait diminuer deminuer de les d’en 5 % a year.

Regarding the US presidential election of 2024, the businessman said that he has not decided who to support him, but is considering investing $20-25 million in the campaign of the candidate of his choice.

Elon Musk had previously said he favored the ultra-conservative Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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