Elon Musk Challenges Twitter CEO to Debate

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 08, 2022


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On Saturday, Musk asked the social network’s chief executive to “prove to the public” Twitter’s stance on spam bots.

Public Debate on Bots

Elon Musk’s protracted battle with Twitter took a new turn over the weekend. The Tesla CEO challenged Twitter’s front man Parag Agrawal to a public debate. The topic is the number of spam bots and fake accounts on the platform.

Musk struck a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter back in April. However, both parties soon fell out, leading to him putting the deal on hold and then terminating it. 

The billionaire has accused Twitter of representing the number of fake accounts on the platform with fake figures. The social media giant insists the percentage is around 5% of its 229+ million active daily users. Musk, however, has maintained it is closer to 20%. 

In July, the social network filed a lawsuit against him in a Delaware chancery court over his decision to rescind the buyout agreement.

Elon Musk’s challenge to Agrawal came after he responded to a tweet from one of his followers calling out the company’s methods. He asked Twitter to disclose the technique they use to determine the number of monetizable, “real” accounts.

The SpaceX CEO followed up with a poll, asking his 120+ million followers whether they believed the platform’s figures. By the time it expired on Sunday, 65% of respondents had voted no.



Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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