Elon Musk calls on Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal for a “public debate” on bots

Elon Musk on Saturday challenged Twitter’s CEO to a “public debate” about how the social media company counts fake accounts and spam bots.

Musk ran the gauntlet in a series of tweets responding to comments on his counterclaim against San Francisco-based Twitter over its attempt to back out of the $44 billion deal to buy the company.

“If Twitter simply provides their method of testing 100 accounts and confirming they are genuine, the deal should go ahead on the original terms.” wrote Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. “However, if their SEC filings are found to be materially false, it should not be.”

“I hereby challenge @Paraga to a public debate on Twitter bot percentage”, continued Musk, using the Twitter handle of the company’s CEO, Parag Agrawal. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam users every day!"

Musk, 51, agreed in June to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share, a hefty premium to the company’s share price of about $38 at the time. In July, he said he was withdrawing from the deal because Twitter failed or refused to provide information about fake or spam accounts on the platform.

Twitter sued days later, demanding the courts enforce the deal. It then won the first battle in court and was given an accelerated hearing in October after the world’s richest man tried to delay the case until next year.

Musk filed a counterclaim in late July, the details of which emerged Thursday. In the lawsuit, he claimed Twitter withheld necessary information and misled his team about the actual number of users.

Parag Agrawal
Parag Agrawal has not yet responded to Musk’s Twitter challenge.
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In its reply, Twitter called the allegations “unbelievable and contradictory”.

Agrawal didn’t post a response to Musk’s challenge.

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