Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused Twitter of failing to supply him with enough data on automated accounts.
Twitter is prepared to offer Musk access to the so-called “firehose”.
As Elon Musk’s representatives stated in the filing, “Twitter’s latest offer to simply provide additional details regarding the company’s own testing methodologies… is tantamount to refusing Mr. Musk’s data requests,” added, “At this point, Mr. Musk believes Twitter is transparently refusing to comply with its obligations under the merger agreement.”
Taken as a whole, Twitter’s firehose API depicts what a user would see if they followed every account on the platform, despite the fact that the sheer volume of data is hard to get or analyse without the use of automation. Despite this, it is one of the company’s most tightly guarded assets, because of its utility in ad targeting and platform surveillance. Multiple corporations and organisations, including MIT researchers and Google many years ago, have or had real-time access to the stream.
However, while firehose data might be extremely useful as raw material for a research on automated activity, the sheer volume of data makes it unmanageable, and a complete study of automated activity would take a large amount of time and resources.
Nonetheless, disclosing the data will be politically advantageous as Twitter tries to assuage Musk’s fears and guarantee that the original acquisition agreement is honoured.
Twitter is still optimistic that the purchase will go through as planned. A top official at Twitter informed staff in an internal meeting, according to Bloomberg, that the sale was going regularly and that a shareholder vote would be held in late July or early August. The stock of Twitter is still trading considerably below Musk’s $54.20 offer, indicating market doubt that the acquisition will go through as planned.