Elon Musk issued a “challenge” to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal on Saturday.
The billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO called for a public debate on how Twitter reports its spam bots and fake accounts.
Musk has repeatedly accused Twitter of having far more bots than it reports, citing this as one reason he no longer wants to buy the company.
is once again challenging Twitter on the data it reports on spam bots and fake accounts, and this time he wants a public debate to settle the matter.
Responding to a by cybersecurity researcher Andrea Stroppa summarizing Musk’s against Twitter, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO on Saturday that he would proceed with his proposed $44 billion takeover of Twitter if the social platform disclosed how it tracks bots.
“If Twitter simply provides their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they’re confirmed to be real, the deal should proceed on original terms. However, if it turns out that their SEC filings are materially false, then it should not,” Musk wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, he “I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage. Let him prove to the public that Twitter has poll, asking for yes or no answers to the prompt “Less than 5% of Twitter daily users are fake/spam.”
Information on the number of Twitter users that are actually bots and fake accounts .
When Musk said of his deal to buy Twitter, one key reason he cited was his belief that Twitter has far more bots and fake accounts than it lets on. He also from him, which the company has .
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has said he thinks at least 20% of Twitter’s daily active users are fake or spam accounts. While Twitter claims the figure is actually less than 5%, Musk said he hasn’t seen proof corroborating that number and that he won’t move forward with the deal until he does.
In his recent countersuit against the company, Musk on its platform as part of what he called a “scheme to mislead investors about the company’s prospects.”