Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t want a court battle with Twitter? After his lawyers gave a 165-page argument about why he no longer wanted to go through with his $44 billion deal to buy the platform, Musk suggested publicly hashing things out — perhaps in front of a jury of Tesla fans. To get to the bottom of Twitter’s so-called bot issue – Dogecoin holders, and potential Mars colonists among their Twitter followers.
“I challenge by @paraga For a public debate about Twitter bot percentages,” Musk’s Declaration to all 102 million members of their platform. “Let him prove to the public that <5% of Twitter users are fake or spam daily!"
I hereby challenge @paraga For the public debate about Twitter bot percentages.
Let him prove to the public that <5% of Twitter users are fake or spam daily!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6 August 2022
Musk immediately pinned the tweet to his profile, and then his followers voted 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” (so cleverly means that any user who chooses that option is also a bot) with three robot emojis or “lamo no.”
So far, 67.2 percent of users have opted for the “Lmaooo no,” option. Voting ends on Sunday, and its results will almost inevitably be skewed in Musk’s favor. This latest stunt doesn’t seem to get a direct response from Agarwal or Twitter president Brett Taylor, as the actual dispute (in front of an actual judge and jury) is to be heard in court in a matter of months.
Twitter’s lawyers have already stated what the company thinks of Musk’s bot allegations (which Twitter claims Musk got from a site called Botometer) in a heavy filing of their own, which references his heavily referenced tweets. May be updated to include today’s selection. Of course, they only specialize in corporate laws and contracts – they may not have what it takes to swing the logic executed through memes, quote tweets, and polls.