Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO to ‘public debate’ about bots

Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t want a court battle with Twitter? After his lawyers turned up 165 page argument as to why he doesn’t want to go through with his $44 billion deal to buy the platform, Musk suggested hashing things out publicly — perhaps in front of a jury of Tesla fans, Dogecoin fans, and potential Mars colonists among his Twitter followers – get to the bottom of the so-called Twitter bot issue.

“I challenge this @paraga to a public debate about Twitter’s bot percentage,” Musk announces to all 102 million members of his forum. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spammy daily users!"

Musk promptly pinned the tweet to his profile, and then polled his followers on whether they believe Twitter’s argument that less than five percent of its daily monthly active users are “fake/spam.” The two options are “Yes” with three robot emojis (thereby intelligently implying that any user who chooses that option is also a bot) or “Lmaooo no.”

So far, 67.2 percent of users have chosen the “Lmaooo no,” option. The poll ends on Sunday, and its results will almost inevitably be skewed in Musk’s favor. It seems unlikely that this latest stunt will draw a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter chairman Bret Taylor, since the actual dispute (before a real judge and jury) is scheduled for hearing. in court in a few months.

Twitter’s lawyers are already out what does the company think about Musk’s bot allegations (which Twitter claims Musk received from several a site called Botometer) in a large filing of his own, that his major reference tweets and may be updated to include today’s choice. Of course they are experts in corporate laws and contracts only – they may not have what it takes to sway an argument made through memos, quoted tweets and polls.

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