Elon Musk during an event at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, USA, on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

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In the midst of his Twitter acquisition, Elon Musk called on the US Securities and Exchange Commission to study the numbers of social network users.

Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, wrote in an informal Twitter poll on Tuesday: “Twitter claims that> 95% of daily active users are real, unique people. Does anyone have such an experience? ” He then said in response to a follower who suggested the SEC launch an investigation: “Hello @SECGovis there anyone at home? ”

The SEC has been aware of Twitter’s dim figures for years.

Last month, Musk agreed to buy Twitter for $ 44 billion, but has since said the deal has been suspended as he studies bots, spam and fakes. Twitter said it still expects the deal to take place at an agreed price of $ 54.20 per share.

Investors were throwing stocks for fear that Musk would abandon the deal, forcing him to pay $ 1 billion. Shares of Twitter have given up all of their earnings since Musk first revealed his 9% stake in the company early last month.

Shares of Twitter rose more than 3% on Tuesday to $ 38.76, below the closing price of $ 39.31 on April 1, the last trading session before Musk revealed his minority ownership.

In its financial documentation for the first quarter of this year, Twitter acknowledged that its platform has a number of “fake or spam accounts” as well as legitimate monetized daily active users (mDAUs). The company said it estimated the average number of fake or spam accounts was less than 5% of mDAU during the period.

Twitter also acknowledged that in the last three years it has exceeded the number of users by 1.4-1.9 million users.

“In March 2019, we launched a feature that allows people to link multiple individual accounts together to conveniently switch between accounts,” Twitter said. “An error was made at this time, so actions taken through the primary account resulted in all related accounts being credited as mDAU.”

Musk has repeatedly expressed his contempt for the SEC, including on Twitter October 2018when he called the agency a “short-selling enrichment commission” as well July 2020 when he wrote, “SEC, an abbreviation of three letters, the middle word belongs to Elon.”

The SEC previously accused Mask of securities fraud in 2018 after he tweeted that he was considering handing over his car company to a private company for $ 420 a share and “secured financing”. They reached an agreement to settle the issue. But Musk said the financial regulator’s ongoing investigations relate to harassment.

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