“Let him show the general public that 5% of daily Twitter users are spam or fake.”
Elon Musk has challenged Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a public discussion about the percentage of bots on its platform, just two days after accusing the company of fraud. Musk wrote in a tweet picked up by Reuters that “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has 5% fake or spam daily users.”
The executive from Tesla and SpaceX issued the assessment after responding to a thread in favour of his legal claim against the business. “The deal should proceed on original terms,” he said, “if Twitter merely provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they’re confirmed to be real.”
Good summary of the problem.
If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they’re confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms.
However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2022
Musk then started surveying his followers, asking them if they thought that less than 5% of Twitter’s daily users were fake accounts. “Yes” and “Lmaoo no” are the two options. The latter is currently ahead with 66.6 percent of the vote as of the writing of this article. On Sunday, the polls close.
It’s unlikely that Twitter will respond to the stunt. On October 17, the company’s trial against Musk will begin, and it may be over in a few days. Musk’s legal team said in the complaint it submitted this week that a Botometer analysis found a much higher number of totally fake accounts than the less than 5% Twitter claimed. In a swift retort, the company referred to Musk’s statements as “factually inaccurate, legally inadequate, and commercially irrelevant.”