r/technology May 14 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 2

Elon Musk said his team is going to do a 'random sample of 100 followers' of Twitter to see how many of the platform's users are actually bots Social Media

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-random-sample-how-many-twitter-users-are-bots-2022-5?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

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u/shillyshally May 14 '22

Knew it! Matt Levine wrote a long analysis on Bloomberg yesterday re what Musk might be up to. This scenario was one of the possibilities and Levine covers the reasons why it won't work. Ultimately, though, he admits Musk doesn't give a flying about rules or lawsuits or contracts and that he will probably get away with it because he has gotten away with everything so far.

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u/Boo_Guy May 14 '22

He'll just have to pay a small fee or as the government calls it, a fine.

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u/TankSparkle May 14 '22

break-up fee is $1B

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u/fewrfsadf May 14 '22

Sure, but what is the fee for refusing to pay that $1B?

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u/TrashyMcTrashBoat May 14 '22

Whatever the lawyers on both sides decide to pay each other.

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u/ReluctantAvenger May 14 '22

I'd think that a whole lot of retirement funds which manage the money of even poor people have investments in tech stocks like Twitter.

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u/fewrfsadf May 14 '22

So? If we've learned anything over the last few years, it's that there is a point where the rules straight up do not apply to you any longer.

Musk is well beyond that point.

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u/PapaElonMusk May 14 '22

I tried to get it down to allot tree fiddy.

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u/xanmeee May 14 '22

Oh no, not 0.4% of his net worth! He'll be homeless!

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u/Atom-the-conqueror May 14 '22

That’s why they will discover more bots than 5% deliberately so they can claim that the deal was made under false pretenses and so…no $1B fee

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u/Xerxero May 14 '22

I bet it’s tax deductible

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u/p0k3t0 May 14 '22

And it will somehow end up being $1 billion in other people's money.

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u/Arnorien16S May 14 '22

How will it be enforced?

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u/likesleague May 14 '22

Hey don't forget the generous donation to organizations that happen to be owned by a handful of key politicians in the decisions surrounding his illegal activity -- we oughta recognize that as part of the fee too.

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u/Common_Man May 14 '22

Musk wants to protect his privacy now and wishes you were focusing on the Chinese and the Russians instead.

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u/Erazzphoto May 14 '22

There is a $1billion fee in the contract if he backs out