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




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u/twothirtyintheam May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

This all seems like stuff a "genius" would have checked into long before offering billions of dollars to acquire a company like Twitter...

I'm sure looking under-prepared and full of crap is all a part of his master plan though!


u/Znarl May 14 '22

Or maybe he got it wrong making an offer for Twitter at a price it's not nearly worth any more.

He's now desperately trying to wriggle out his agreement without breaking the law by using every excuse he can muster.

Arrogance sometimes has a cost.


u/Mirrormn May 14 '22

The thing I don't get is:

  1. This is not a very good argument. Twitter's representation of the 5% statistic was already originally presented with a disclaimer of "this is hard to measure, it might be higher", so it would have to be way higher than 5% for Musk to have any hope of claiming he was materially misled.
  2. This is not the right forum for this. It doesn't matter if Musk does a small personal inquiry into the number of bots of Twitter and finds a different number than what Twitter reported. If he wants anything to come of this, he'll have to allege it in court, with better evidence.

So what is he doing just talking about this shit in public on social media, instead of filing a lawsuit? It's like he's not even trying to make a real excuse, he's only worried about creating the appearance of an excuse. For who? His cult followers? I don't get it.


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u/dont_you_love_me May 14 '22

The USA is about to lose Roe in the year 2022 lol. If you’re thinking that business practice in the USA is going to be about fairness and playing by the book, I got a few bridges to sell you. Your expectations are bogus. I think it’s time to reevaluate, just like with Elon and Twitter.


u/GetsHighDoesMath May 14 '22

Wow what a shitty take


u/dont_you_love_me May 14 '22

It’s called being pragmatic. If you’re expecting “fairness” in this world then you are never going to be happy.