Elon Musk pokes fun at Twitter with cartoon after investors threaten to sue him

Potential new Twitter owner, tech billionaire Elon Musk, has poked fun at the company with a snarky cartoon posted on the social media site.

Musk had a £36billion offer for the site accepted a while ago, but the deal stalled last week after data regarding fake accounts on the site came to light.

Research found that less than 5% of the social media site’s users were made up of spam or fake accounts.

And Musk tweeted last week that the Twitter deal was “temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam / fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users”.

The confession caused the company to lost around 11% of its value.

And overnight, Musk tweeted a cartoon of himself releasing a bird in the form of the classic blue Twitter logo from a cage – he did it in response to news that one of the site's investors is suing Musk over how the deal has been handled.

He has made no bones about wanting to bring “free speech” back to the site, which he wants to do by removing the permanent ban on former United States President Donald Trump.

However, Musk was slammed for sharing the image and removing the credit and signature from its creator.

It was made by Chinese artist Devil Pepper in April.

One user said: “Please give credits to him – removing his signature is not cool.”

While another encouraged him to “please use the signed work”.

As the deal remains on hold for longer, other names are claiming that they are now looking to buy the site.

Former UFC champion Conor McGregor – who also claimed he wanted to buy Manchester United, Chelsea and Celtic, tweeted to his 9.3 million followers that he was “buying Twitter”.

The tweet was deleted shortly after, however.

The Irishman might be one of the wealthiest athletes alive at the moment, but even he wouldn't be able to stump up enough cash to rival Musk's Twitter bid – not in his wildest dreams.

McGregor isn't a billionaire, despite the fact he claimed he was earlier this year, though sports entrepreneur Andrew Petcash reckons the Dublin-born fighter will become one soon.

"[McGregor] will be a billionaire this year, [earning] $235m from fighting and a $600m deal [from] the ring. McGregor makes a lot from fighting. A study by OLBG found that he makes over $8m for every minute in the octagon," he said.

Last year, McGregor's wealth spiked considerably after selling his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey brand for around £480 million.

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