Maybe Elon Musk doesn’t want a court battle with Twitter? After his lawyers rolled out a 165-page argument about why he didn’t want to go ahead with his $44 billion deal to buy the platform, Musk suggested hashing things in public — perhaps before a jury of Tesla fans, Dogecoin buffs, and would-be Mars colonists among others. Followers on Twitter – To get to the bottom of the alleged bot issue on Twitter.
“I’m here to challenge Tweet embed To a general discussion about the percentage of bots”, Musk announces For all his 102 million forum members. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% of fake or spam users per day!”
I’m here to challenge Tweet embed To a general discussion about Twitter bot ratio.
Let him prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% of fake or spam users per day!
– Elon Musk August 6, 2022
Musk immediately pinned the tweet to his profile, and then survey his followers About whether to believe Twitter’s argument that less than five percent of its monthly active users are “fakes/spam.” The two options are “Yes” with three robots emoji (intelligently indicating that any user who chooses this option is also a bot) or “Lmaooo no.”
So far, 67.2 percent of users have chosen the “Lmaooo no” option. The poll ends on Sunday, and its results will almost inevitably be in Musk’s favor. It seems unlikely that this latest ploy will attract a direct response from Agrawal or Twitter head Bret Taylor, given that the actual dispute (in front of a real judge and jury) is due to take place at a court hearing in just two months.
Twitter’s lawyers have already clarified what the company believes about Musk’s bot accusations (which Twitter alleges Musk obtained from some A site called Botometer) in a huge file of his own, which heavily referenced his tweets and may be updated to include today’s selection. Of course, they’re just experts in corporate and contract law – they might not have what it takes to swing an argument carried through memes, quoted tweets, and polls.