Texas AG Ken Paxton Begins Investigation Into Twitter’s Reporting of Fake Accounts, Bots

Tesla is based in Austin and Elon Musk, who threatened to call off his deal to acquire the social network, lives in the area, as well

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton began an investigation into the very subject that is threatening Elon Musk’s $44 billion agreement to acquire Twitter: potentially false reporting of the number of fake bot accounts on the platform.

It should come as little surprise that Musk resides in the Austin area and one of the companies he helms, Tesla, is based in Austin.

Paxton issued a Civil Investigative Demand to investigate whether Twitter’s reporting on real versus fake users is “false, misleading, or deceptive” under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The CID requires Twitter to provide documents related to how it calculates and manage its user data and how that data relates to its advertising business by June 27.




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