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Elon Musk says his deal to acquire Twitter is on hold until the social media company proves the accuracy of its user numbers, citing spam bots. CNN’s Brian Stelter reports.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., departs from court for the SolarCity trial in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Monday, July 12, 2021. Musk was cool but combative as he testified in a Delaware courtroom that Tesla Inc.'s more than $2 billion acquisition of SolarCity in 2016 wasn't a bailout of the struggling solar provider. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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CNN’s Brian Stelter says Elon Musk could be trying to re-price his $44 billion bid to acquire Twitter after he tweeted the deal was on hold.

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FILED - 13 August 2021, Brandenburg, Grünheide: Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, stands during a press event at the Tesla Gigafactory. (to dpa:

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Twitter shares dropped after Elon Musk tweeted he was putting the $44 billion deal on hold. CNN commentator Catherine Rampell weighs in on what Musk’s motivation could be.

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FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Shares of Tesla and Twitter have tumbled this week as investors deal with the fallout and potential legal issues surrounding Tesla CEO Musk and his $44 billion bid to buy the social media platform. Of the two, Musk's electric vehicle company has fared worse, with its stock down almost 16% so far this week to $728. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File)

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Elon Musk disclosed what he’ll do about former President Trump’s permanent Twitter ban should the Tesla CEO’s $44 billion bid to acquire the company become official.

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Dan Ives, managing director and senior equity research analyst at Wedbush Securities, breaks down how Tesla and Twitter investors are reacting to Elon Musk’s latest move.

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Elon Musk speaks to media in front of Crew Dragon cleanroom at SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019.

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Twitter’s board has accepted Elon Musk’s offer to purchase the company for $44 billion. CNN reporters Brian Stelter and Matt Egan weigh in on Musk’s quest to take over the social media company.

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In a 2001 interview with CNN, Elon Musk said he was

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Long before he was interested in buying Twitter, Elon Musk and his then-wife, Justine, told CNN in 2001 about the serial entrepreneur’s plans to step back from Silicon Valley.

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Brian Stelter discusses new research into online censorship claims and the connection to Elon Musk’s bid for Twitter. Jessica Toonkel and Clare Duffy discuss what Musk and Twitter might do next.

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Elon Musk’s interest in acquiring Twitter has been heralded on the right and greeted with trepidation on the left. CNN’s Michael Smerconish says Musk’s past words and actions suggest he’s neither a socialist nor a conservative – but a centrist.

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Twitter bidder Elon Musk’s own tweets are sometimes “obnoxious, like an 11-year-old boy that wasn’t raised very well,” says Kara Swisher, opinion columnist for the New York Times. But “he has proven himself to be a good executive.”

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Late night hosts ridicule Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter for $43 billion, as well as Musk’s claim that he wants the social media company to be a platform for free speech.

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Elon Musk shares his vision for Twitter during an on-stage interview at a TED conference in Canada following his offer to acquire the social media company. CNN’s Brian Stelter dissects the talk.

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Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO who just became the largest shareholder in Twitter, has been tweeting about possible changes to the company.

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A teenager figured out how to track the movements of Elon Musk’s private jet and posted the information on Twitter. Musk personally reached out to ask him to stop. Jack Sweeney says he is holding out for a free Tesla.

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Elon Musk denied allegations that he sexually harassed a SpaceX flight attendant in 2016 in a series of late-night tweets.

“I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted early Friday morning.

The tweet comes after Business Insider reported that SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement in 2018 after a SpaceX flight attendant alleged sexual misconduct against the billionaire.

Nicholas Carlson, the editor-in-chief of Insider, the parent publication of Business Insider, responded to Musk’s denial on Twitter.

“We stand by our story, which is based on documents and interviews and speaks for itself,” a tweeted statement reads.

Citing documents and interviews it conducted, Business Insider reported that “the attendant worked as a member of the cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage.”

In his request to Insider for more time to respond to the allegations, Musk said there was “a lot more to this story.”

“If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,” he told Business Insider. The outlet also said Musk characterized the story as a “politically motivated hit piece.”

In separate tweets, Musk later denied that he ever responded to Business Insider while they were reporting the story and attempted to link the article to his Thursday announcement that he “will vote Republican” and his attempt to acquire Twitter — a deal he recently put “on hold.”

“Did you actually respond to the reporters from BI?” one user tweeted at Musk.

“No,” Musk responded, “it was clear that their only goal was a hit price (sic) to interfere with the Twitter acquisition. The story was written before they even talked to me.”

“They began brewing attacks of all kinds as soon as the Twitter acquisition was announced,” Musk added in a separate tweet. “In my 30 year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican, suddenly there is.”

The publication reached out to Musk about the story in question before he tweeted about voting Republican, according to John Cook, the investigations editor at Insider.

“For those interested, we reached out to the principals for comment regarding this story at ~9 a.m. eastern yesterday (Wednesday May 18),” Cook said on Twitter.

Musk’s tweet declaring his voting intentions was posted at 2:44 pm ET on Wednesday, though he also made comments to that effect in a virtual interview posted to YouTube on May 16.

The Business Insider article states that it “extended the deadline and reiterated the offer to Musk to comment on the claims. He did not respond.”

SpaceX did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.