Early on Monday morning, Elon Musk replied to the most recent significant step in his continuing dispute with Twitter by tweeting a meme of himself grinning after it was revealed that Twitter hired attorneys to sue him for moving to abandon his $44 billion takeover of the business.
In the post, the Tesla founder can be seen smiling in a series of four images with the words, “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter; Then they wouldn’t disclose bot info; Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court; Now they have to disclose bot info.”
The tweet received more than 180,000 likes shortly after the tweet. Musk has 100.8 million followers on the platform, making him one of the most popular users.
Elon Musk tweeted another image portraying Chuck Norris playing chess a short while later. Musk added, “Checkmate.”
Musk had not been active on Twitter in a few days. The post on Monday morning is the first from Musk since Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Twitter apparently engaged prestigious merger law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP to represent it in an upcoming lawsuit.
According to the letter addressed to Twitter on Friday by the Tesla CEO’s legal team, Twitter “made false and misleading promises” when Musk decided to buy the business on April 25 and has “breached” numerous terms of the original agreement.
Musk’s team has raised the network’s “spam bots” issue. Musk wants Twitter to demonstrate that fewer than 5% of its daily active users are automated spam accounts. According to Musk, Twitter severely undercounted the number of these “spam bots” using its platform.
Twitter claims that less than 5% of its active user base each quarter is made up of spam accounts.