A mere two days after accusing the company of fraud
, Elon Musk has challenged Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a public debate about the percentage of bots on its platform. Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users, Musk said in a tweet
spotted by Reuters
The Tesla and SpaceX executive issued the challenge after responding to a thread in support of his legal case against the company. If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how theyre confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms, he said
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 then began polling his followers, asking them whether they believe fake accounts make up less than five percent of Twitters daily user base. The two options are Yes and Lmaooo no. With 66.6 percent of vote as of the writing of this article, the latter is ahead at the moment. Voting ends on Sunday.
The stunt is unlikely to prompt a response from Twitter. The companys trial against Musk
will start on October 17th
and could finish in a matter of days. In the complaint it filed this week, Musks legal team said a Botometer
analysis found a much higher number of fake accounts than the less than five percent claimed by Twitter. The company quickly shot back, calling Musks statements “factually inaccurate, legally insufficient and commercially irrelevant.