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Elon Musk wants public debate with Twitter CEO

While Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has been aborted and their trial is set to begin in mid-October, the multibillionaire continues to put pressure on the social network. On August 6, the businessman challenged Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a public debate to prove the proportion of fake accounts on the platform.

Elon Musk pressures Twitter over fake accounts

In a tweet in response to social media user Andrea Stopp summing up the case linking Twitter to the Tesla CEO, Elon Musk spoke about his main disagreement with the firm: the proportion of fake accounts present on the platform. “If Twitter just provides its method of sampling 100 accounts and how they turned out to be real, the agreement should continue on the original terms,” says Elon Musk, who is ready to buy Twitter on these terms.

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“However, if it turns out that their statements to the SEC (American stock market regulator, approx. ed.) are false in essence, this cannot be,” he warned. Elon Musk then asked his 100 million Twitter followers to find out if “less than 5% of daily Twitter users are fake or spam accounts.” Final result: out of 760,000 votes, 65% believe this statement is false. To which the billionaire reacted by saying “Twitter has spoken”, implying that Twitter users have decided on the subject.

Elon Musk called on Parag Agrawal to discuss fake Twitter accounts

Elon Musk is not shy about putting pressure on the subject, which prompted him to unilaterally terminate a $44 billion sale deal he had with the social network. According to him, Twitter lied about the proportion of fake accounts and spam on its platform, deliberately lowering this number. For the SpaceX CEO, a figure above estimates will impact the company’s long-term viability.

Now Elon Musk wants Twitter to publicly use the numbers he provided to the businessman so he can then face him in a verbal contest. “I encourage Parag Agrawal (Twitter CEO, editor’s note) to publicly discuss the percentage of fake Twitter accounts. Let this prove to the public that there are less than 5% of fake or unwanted users on Twitter every day,” he wrote.

For its part, Twitter claims that Elon Musk will do anything to get out of the deal, which he “doesn’t find interesting anymore as the stock market crashed.” Indeed, in recent months, falling social media advertising revenues, inflation and the proliferation of Elon Musk’s critical releases have sent Twitter shares down to $32 on July 11. Today it is about 43 dollars. So far, Parag Agrawal has not responded to Elon Musk’s challenge.

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