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Billionaire Elon Musk reached a deal to acquire Twitter in April.Susan Walsh/The Associated Press

Elon Musk will address Twitter TWTR-N employees Thursday for the first time since the billionaire and Tesla chief executive offered US$44-billion to buy the social media platform, the company said Tuesday.

Twitter chief executive Parag Agrawal announced an all-hands meeting to employees in an e-mail on Monday, saying they’d be able to submit questions in advance, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Musk reached a deal to acquire Twitter in April, but he has clashed with the company repeatedly since then over the number of bots, or fake accounts, that exist on the social media platform. Mr. Musk said he was putting the deal on hold on May 13, saying he needed more data from the company about those bot accounts.

It’s not clear if this week’s meeting means that the two sides have come closer together on resolving those issues. Shares of Twitter have been trading well below the US$54.20 a share that Mr. Musk has offered.

Shares of Twitter Inc. rose almost 3 per cent before the opening bell Tuesday to US$38.02.

Multiple outlets reported last week that Twitter planned to offer Mr. Musk access to its “firehose” of raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets.

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