Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t want to fight Twitter? After having his lawyers wrestle 165 pages over why he no longer wants to complete the $44 billion purchase of the platform, Musk suggested discussing the matter publicly — perhaps among Tesla fans, Dogecoin holders before a jury of critics, as well as potential Martian colonists among his Twitter followers — delving into Twitter’s so-called bot problem.
“I hereby challenge @Paraga Participate in the public debate on the percentage of Twitter bots,” Musk claims To all 102 million members of his forum. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% of daily fake or spam users!"
I am here to challenge @Paraga The public debate on the percentage of Twitter bots.
Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% of daily fake or spam users!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2022
Musk immediately pinned the tweet to his profile, then polled his followers Do they believe Twitter’s argument that less than 5% of its monthly daily active users are “fake/spam”. The two options are “yes” with three robot emojis (so subtly suggesting that any user who chooses that option is also a robot) or “Lmaooo no”.
So far, 67.2% of users have chosen the “Lmaooo no” option. The polls, which closed on Sunday, were almost inevitably skewed in favor of Musk. This latest stunt seems unlikely to elicit a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter chairman Bret Taylor, as the actual dispute (in front of a real judge and jury) is scheduled to be heard in court in just a few months.
Twitter’s lawyers have laid out the company’s views on Musk’s bot allegations (Twitter claims Musk A website called Botometer) in its own extensive file, heavily citing his tweets, and may be updated to include today’s selection. Of course, they’re only experts in corporate law and contracts — they may not be equipped to debate it through memes, quoted tweets, and polls.