After Tesla CEO decided not to buy Twitter, things got heated up with legal filings, and now Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO to a debate about bots.
Perhaps Elon Musk doesn’t want to go to court with Twitter? Musk proposed discussing the matter in public, perhaps before a jury of the Tesla supporters, Dogecoin hodlers, and potential Mars colonists among his Twitter followers, to get to the bottom of Twitter’s alleged bot problem after having his lawyers produce a 165-page justification for why he no longer wants to proceed with his $44 billion deal to buy the platform.
Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO to a debate
Musk addresses the 102 million participants in his forum, saying, “I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage.” “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!”
I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage.
Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2022
Musk immediately bookmarked the tweet and asked his followers if they agreed with Twitter’s claim that fewer than 5% of its monthly daily active users are “fake/spam.” The two choices are either “Lmaooo no” or “Yes” with three robot emojis (subtly hinting that any users who choose that option are also bots).
67.2 percent of users have so far chosen the “Lmaooo no” option. The poll’s results will almost certainly be biased in Musk’s favor when it is over on Sunday. Given that the genuine case (in front of a real judge and jury) is due for a hearing in court in just a few months, it seems doubtful that this most recent stunt elicits a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter chairman Bret Taylor.
In a lengthy file of their own that prominently cited tweets from Musk and may be modified to reflect today’s pick, Twitter’s lawyers previously explained what the company thinks of Musk’s bot accusations (which Twitter alleges Musk received from some site called Botometer). Of course, they are only authorities in business contracts and rules; they may not have what it takes to win a debate based on memes, quotes, and online surveys.
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