Twitter is opening a “firehose” of data on Elon Musk

Twitter is opening a “firehose” of data on Elon Musk
FILE PHOTO: An image of Elon Musk is seen on smartphone placed on printed Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Elon Musk and Twitter are back at it again with the salty responses. See, Musk has said that if he couldn’t independently verify the number of bots and fake accounts on Twitter, he wasn’t going to go through with buying the company. So now, instead of holding back, Twitter is reportedly going to be shooting a “firehose” of raw data at Musk on around 500 million tweets daily. So be careful what you ask for, Elon, because you might just get it – and a lot of it.

In other Musk and Twitter news, it turns out that one of the major funders of the acquisition is associated with a company called Vy Capital, which is a relatively secretive Dubai-based investment firm founded by Alexander Tamas, who also happens to be closely linked with a Russian-Israeli billionaire named Yuri Milner. Not much is publicly known about the company’s funding or investments, though, because the company is, well, secretive. Seriously, we checked – Vy Capital’s website consists of one page with few details and links to a secondary page for Vy Global Growth, a “blank check company” with an address in the Cayman Islands.

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When asked, Twitter referred reporters to a previous statement on the subject of sharing data with Musk. “Twitter has and will continue to cooperatively share information with Mr. Musk to consummate the transaction in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement,” the statement read. “We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement at the agreed price and terms.”