Musk, Twitter Workers Set to Face Off at Town Hall Meeting

Elon Musk will meet with Twitter staff for the first time Thursday as the billionaire looks to smooth his $44 billion takeover path.

Twitter shares moved higher Tuesday, but still sit well below the level at which Elon Musk has said he'll purchase the company, ahead of a town hall meeting with the Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Report CEO later this week.

Musk is set to address Twitter employees for the first time ever on Thursday, according to a company-wide email sent by CEO Parag Agrawal..

as the microblogging website prepared to vote on the $44 billion takeover bid put forward by the world's richest man later this summer.

Whether the meeting indicates a desire to complete the on-again/off-again deal, however, is anyone's guess, with Musk only last week questioning the group's filings with the Securities...

and Exchange Commission that peg the number of so-called 'bot' accounts at less than 5% of total users on the platform.

The website reportedly agreed to share a "firehose' of data with Musk, including details of the more than 500 million Tweets posted each day, in order to placate his concerns over the level of fake accounts.

Twitter shares were marked 3.36% higher in late morning trading Tuesday to change hands at $38.29 each, a move that would still leave the stock around 28% shy of Musk's 'best and final' offer of $54.20 per share.