Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t want a legal battle with Twitter? After asking his lawyers to present a 165-page argument on why he no longer wanted to close his $44 billion deal to buy the platform, Musk suggested going public – maybe before a jury of Tesla fans, Dogecoin hodlers, and would-be Mars colonizers among his Twitter followers — to get to the bottom of Twitter’s so-called bot problem.
“I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate on the percentage of Twitter bots”, Musk proclaims to the 102 million members of its forum. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!"
I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate on the Twitter bot percentage.
Let him prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% fake or spam daily users!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2022
Musk quickly pinned the tweet to his profile, then surveyed his followers if they believe Twitter’s claim that less than five percent of its monthly daily active users are “fake/spam.” The two options are “Yes” with three bot emoticons (so cleverly implying that all users who choose this option are also a bot) or “Lmaooo no”.
So far, 67.2% of users have chosen the “Lmaooo no” option. The poll ends on Sunday and its results will almost inevitably be skewed in favor of Musk. This latest stunt seems unlikely to draw a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor, since the actual dispute (before a real judge and jury) is slated for a court hearing in just a few months.
Twitter’s lawyers have previously explained what the company thinks of Musk’s bot accusations (which Twitter claims Musk obtained from a site called Botometer) in a lengthy filing, which references his tweets and can be updated. to include today’s selection. Of course, they’re just experts in corporate law and contracts — they might not have what it takes to rock an argument run through memes, tweet quotes, and polls.