Market realities? Disgruntled Tesla investors? An emptying wallet? What exactly is behind Elon Musk’s Twitter jitters?

The billionaire’s pockets may be feeling a little lighter as he wavers on his proposed purchase

‘The stock market has been withering recently and pricey growth darlings such as Tesla have fallen out of favour.’ Picture: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Elon Musk took to Twitter early this morning to say that his takeover of the company was “temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users”.

Musk might be serious about this. Or he might be joking and just using his vast social media reach to have fun with the investors, Twitter employees, journalists, free-speech advocates and others who have been watching this garbage fire ignite. ...