Twitter spent $33 million on Elon Musk’s proposed deal to buy the social media giant

Twitter spent $33 million on Elon Musk’s proposed deal to buy the firm between April and June 2022.

It also said its number of monthly daily users had risen to 237 million but it reported a net loss of $270 million, which was worse than expected.

Mr Musk has since changed his mind about the purchase, and a court date is now set for October because Twitter wants to force through the sale.

There is a $1 billion termination fee potentially at stake.

Twitter declined to discuss its latest financial results, citing the “pending acquisition” as the reason.

The report covers the period from April to June 2022.

Twitter has doubled-down on its position on the amount of spam and fake accounts on the platform – the reason Elon Musk had given for terminating the deal.

“We have performed an internal review of a sample of accounts and estimate that the average of false or spam accounts during the second quarter of 2022 represented fewer than 5% of our [monthly active users] during the quarter,” it said – although it added that the figure was an estimate.

In 2021, Twitter’s revenue was $5 billion, but in the last 12 months its share price has fallen by 45%.

Twitter said its ad revenue had increased by just 2%, to $1.08 billion.