How’s Elon Musk’s bid to get out of a costly Twitter deal going? Not so good! After promising to shell out a fortune for the social media service, which he may or may not review, he is being sued for reneging on the deal, putting the company’s revenue at risk. The trial won’t take place until the fall, but Musk has been trying to get through it. On Saturday, he took a break from shirtless photos to unveil his latest move: start a “me, bro” debate with the CEO of Twitter.
I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate on the Twitter bot percentage.
Let him prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% fake or spam daily users!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2022
According InitiatedThe Tesla honcho responded to a tweet thread from cybersecurity researcher (and self-proclaimed “SpaceX fan”) Andrea Stroppa, who offered a solution to address one of Musk’s claims: that an overwhelming number Twitter users are bots.
“If Twitter simply provides its method of sampling 100 accounts and how they are confirmed to be real, the deal should continue on the original terms,” Stroppa offered. “However, if their filings with the SEC turn out to be materially false, that should not be the case.”
Musk weighed in. “Good summary of the issue,” he wrote in a response. “If Twitter simply provides its method of sampling 100 accounts and how they are confirmed to be real, the deal should continue on the original terms. However, if their filings with the SEC turn out to be materially false, that shouldn’t be the case.
He then took a big step forward. I hereby challenge [Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal] to a public debate on the Twitter bot percentage. Let him prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% fake or spam daily users!”
It is a decision appreciated by many on the far right. When their ideas receive backlash or are debunked, figures like Ben Shapiro and Dinesh D’Souza love to take part in a debate, perhaps knowing that their debating team skills can give the illusion that they are right.
Musk claimed that at least 20% of Twitter accounts were spam or fake, and he used that as an excuse to back out of a deal that could put some of his wealth at risk. But if his debating skills are as good as his live comedy chops, Twitter executives might not have to worry.
(Going through Initiated)