Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘cannot move forward’ without more data on spam bots

That was Elon Musk in an early Tuesday tweet, where the Tesla TSLA, -5.88% chief executive doubled down on his demand for more information on spam bots from Twitter TWTR, -8.18% CEO Parag Agrawal.

“20% fake/spam accounts, while 4 times what Twitter claims, could be *much* higher. My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of Musk tweeted.

Musk was responding to a tweet by media group Teslarati, that indicated he may want a discount to his $44 billion Twitter offer, if the spam bot accounts in question are that high.

Twitter’s Agrawal on Monday attempted in a series of tweets to detail how the company determines bots, days after the Tesla chief said his deal for the social media group was “temporarily on hold” due to concerns over bots.

He wrote that every quarter, the company estimates less than 5% spam, a claim Musk appeared to reject with a simple poop emoji.