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

Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t need a courtroom battle with Twitter? After having his attorneys spin up a 165-page argument about why he now not needs to undergo along with his $44 billion deal to purchase the platform, Musk prompt hashing issues out in public — maybe earlier than a jury of the Tesla followers, Dogecoin hodlers, and potential Mars colonizers amongst his Twitter followers — to get to the underside of Twitter’s so-called bot situation.

“I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage,” Musk proclaims to all 102 million members of his discussion board. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!”

Musk promptly pinned the tweet to his profile, after which polled his followers on whether or not they consider Twitter’s argument that lower than 5 % of its month-to-month each day energetic customers are “fake/spam.” The two choices are “Yes” with three robotic emojis (so cleverly implying that any customers who decide that possibility are additionally a bot) or “Lmaooo no.”

So far, 67.2 % of customers picked the “Lmaooo no,” possibility. The ballot concludes on Sunday, and its outcomes will virtually inevitably be skewed in Musk’s favor. It appears unlikely that this newest stunt attracts a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter chairman Bret Taylor, because the precise dispute (in entrance of a actual decide and jury) is scheduled for a listening to in courtroom in simply a couple of months.

Twitter’s attorneys already laid out what the corporate thinks of Musk’s bot accusations (which Twitter claims Musk bought from some web site known as Botometer) in a hefty submitting of its personal, that closely referenced tweets of his and could also be up to date to embrace immediately’s choice. Of course, they’re merely specialists in company legal guidelines and contracts — they won’t have what it takes to swing an argument executed by memes, quote tweets, and polls.