Elon Musk says Twitter deal is on hold

Men are silhouetted against a video screen with an Twitter logo as he poses with an Samsung S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

Elon Musk says his plan to buy Twitter is on a temporary hold.

This comes weeks after news of the $44 billion acquisition was revealed.

Musk tweeted that he wanted to pinpoint the number of spam and fake accounts on the social media platform.

The Tesla CEO has been vocal about his desire to clean up Twitter spam bot accounts that mimic real people.

Twitter has disclosed that its bot estimates might be low for at least two years, leading some analysts to believe Musk could be raising the issue as a way to back out of the deal.

Musk’s tweet comes a day after the social media company fired two of its top managers.

Twitter says the company is pausing most hiring, except for critical roles, and is “pulling back on non-labor costs to ensure we are being responsible and efficient.”