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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 laid down the gauntlet in a series of tweets responding to comments about his counterclaim against San Francisco-based Twitter over his bid to pull out of the $44 billion deal to buy the company.

“If Twitter just gives their method of sampling 100 accounts and how they are confirmed to be genuine, the deal should be on the original terms,” he said. wrote Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. “However, if their SEC filings are found to be materially inaccurate, then they shouldn’t be.”

“I hereby challenge @paraga to a public debate about the Twitter bot rate”, continued Musk, using the Twitter handle of the company’s CEO, Parag Agrawal. “Let him prove to the public that Twitter has

Musk, 51, reached an agreement in June to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, a hefty premium to the stock’s price of about $38 at the time. In July, he said he walked away from the deal because Twitter had failed or refused to provide information about fake or spam accounts on the platform.

Twitter went to court days later, demanding that the courts force the deal. It went on to win the first battle in court and was given an expedited trial date for October after the world’s richest man tried to move the case to next year.

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

Parag Agrawal has not yet responded to Musk’s Twitter challenge.
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Twitter called the allegations “unbelievable and inconsistent with the facts” in its response.

Agrawal has not commented on Musk’s challenge.


Elon Musk challenges Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to ‘public debate’ about bots – UK Time News

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