- Elon Musk issued a “challenge” to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal on Saturday.
- The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO invited a public discussion about how Twitter is reporting spam bots and fake accounts.
- Musk has repeatedly accused Twitter of having far more bots than he remembers, citing that this is one reason he doesn’t want to buy the company.
Elon Musk is once again challenging Twitter over the data it reports on spam bots and fake accounts, this time wanting a public debate to settle the matter.
Reply to Tweet topic By Andrea Stropba, Cyber Security Researcher, Summarizing Musk’s Countersuit Against Twitter, Tesla CEO, and SpaceX Wrote On Saturday, it said it would go ahead with Twitter’s proposed $44 billion acquisition if the social platform reveals how the bots are tracked.
“If Twitter simply offered a method of sampling 100 accounts and how they were confirmed as real, the transaction should proceed on the original terms. However, if their SEC filings turned out to be materially false, they should not,” he wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, he said Added: “I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about Twitter bot ratio. Let him prove to the public that Twitter has less than 5% of fake or spam users per day!” He also created a file voteasks for a yes or no answer to the question “Less than 5% of Twitter users per day are fake/spam.”
Information about how many Twitter users are actually bots and fake accounts was critical to Musk’s legal dispute with the company.
When Musk said he wanted to back out of his deal to buy Twitter, one of the main reasons he cited was his belief that Twitter has far more bots and fake accounts than it allows. Twitter has also been accused of withholding the bot’s information from him, which the company has denied.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX said he believes that at least 20% of daily active Twitter users are fake or spam accounts. While Twitter claims the number is in fact less than 5%, Musk said he has not seen evidence to support that number and that he won’t go ahead with the deal until he does.
In his recent counter-suit against the company, Musk accused Twitter of deliberately “miscalculating” the number of spam accounts on its platform as part of what he called a “scheme to mislead investors about the company’s prospects.”