Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t want a court struggle with Twitter? Just after owning his legal professionals spin up a 165-site argument about why he no extended desires to go through with his $44 billion deal to invest in the system, Musk proposed hashing things out in community — most likely ahead of a jury of the Tesla admirers, Dogecoin hodlers, and opportunity Mars colonizers among the his Twitter followers — to get to the base of Twitter’s so-referred to as bot challenge.
“I hereby problem @paraga to a community debate about the Twitter bot percentage,” Musk proclaims to all 102 million associates of his discussion board. “Let him establish to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!”
I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage.
Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2022
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 monthly daily active users are “fake/spam.” The two options are “Yes” with three robot emojis (so cleverly implying that any users who pick that option are also a bot) or “Lmaooo no.”
So far, 67.2 percent of users picked the “Lmaooo no,” option. The poll concludes on Sunday, and its results will almost inevitably be skewed in Musk’s favor. It seems unlikely that this latest stunt draws a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter chairman Bret Taylor, since the actual dispute (in front of a real judge and jury) is scheduled for a hearing in court in just a couple of months.
Twitter’s lawyers already laid out what the company thinks of Musk’s bot accusations (which Twitter claims Musk got from some site called Botometer) in a hefty filing of its own, that heavily referenced tweets of his and may be updated to include today’s selection. Of course, they’re merely experts in corporate laws and contracts — they might not have what it takes to swing an argument executed through memes, quote tweets, and polls.