Elon Musk Challenges Twitter CEO to ‘Public Debate’

August 8th, 2022 9:08 AM

On Saturday, Elon Musk challenged Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a public debate in which the Agrawal would be invested to prove his claims about the number of bot accounts on the platform.

“I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage,” Musk tweeted. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users!”

He then pinned the tweet to his profile and polled Twitter users on whether Twitter’s claim that less than five percent of its monthly daily active users are “fake/spam” is true. The options were “Yes” with three robot emojis or “Lmaooo no.” 

Approximately 64.9% of users voted no, indicating that survey participants think Twitter is not telling the truth about the bot accounts. In reference to the poll, Musk then proclaimed that “Twitter has spoken.”

Musk was also tagged in a thread about the bot debate and said that Twitter’s purported misrepresentations about the bot accounts were “not cool.”

NewsBusters reported over the weekend that Musk said the Twitter deal would go through if the platform provides proof about the number of “real” accounts it has. 

“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,” Musk tweeted

He also responded to a question from a user asking whether the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) was investigating Twitter.

“Good question, why aren’t they?” he asked

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