Elon Musk wants more data from Twitter
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1. Twitter is giving Elon Musk more user data. Even after receiving a "firehose" of data from the company, Musk still wasn't satisfied: Insider has learned his lawyers sent another letter to Twitter last week, claiming what had been shared was insufficient.
- In response, Twitter this week agreed to give Musk even more information, this time including real-time API data, according to a person familiar with the situation.
- Musk has been obsessed with the number of bots on Twitter, saying their prevalence is "probably my biggest concern" given their potential impact on monetizable user metrics.
- Insiders see the new data as a sign Musk may try to renegotiate the deal price soon, arguing Twitter's value has changed with new information.
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