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‘Twitter bots are angry’: Elon Musk is clamping down on fake accounts

Elon Musk, who withdrew a multibillion-dollar deal with Twitter, has now decided to take action against bots or fake accounts on microblogging sites.

Musk tweeted on Friday that he had a $ 44 billion cash deal for Twitter Inc. “On temporary hold” While he waits for the social media company to provide data on the amount of fake accounts.

This month, Twitter Inc estimated in a filing that fake or spam accounts accounted for less than 5% of its monetized daily active users in the first quarter. It does not specify how the figure is responsible for the automated, parody and pseudonymous profiles allowed on the platform.

After signing a $ 44 billion deal with Twitter, Musk tweeted that removing “spam bots” from the platform would be his priority.

As a result, the billionaire asked for information about the number of fake Twitter accounts and decided to keep the deal for now.

Musk tweeted on Friday, “Twitter deal temporarily put on hold. Pending details. Spam / fake accounts actually represent less than 5% of users.” “Still committed to editing”,

He then asked his team to take a random sample of 100 followers on Twitter. “I invite others to repeat the same process and see what they find …”

The Tesla Owners Silicon Valley Twitter account asked Musk how he would define “random” and how he would choose them.

On which Musk wrote, “Ignore 1000 followers first, then select every 10th follower. I’m ready for good ideas”.

Another user asked Musk for details about the process of separating spam accounts on Twitter. Twitter user Paranay Pathole asked Musk, “Elon, can you elaborate on the” process “so that we as Twitter can help you find the true percentage of scam / spam / bot accounts”.

Musk replied, “Any sensible random sampling process is good.

I chose 100 as the sample size number, because Twitter uses the same to calculate “<5% fake / spam / duplicate".

Musk then wrote in a funny tone, “Boats are angry because they are being counted”.

Researchers estimate that 9% to 15% of millions of Twitter profiles have automated accounts or bots anywhere. Cyber ‚Äč‚Äčestimates the percentage of dishonest Twitter profiles at 13.7%.

Over the years, Twitter Invested in clearing spam accounts. In 2018, Twitter acquired a company called Smyte, which specializes in spam prevention, security and safety. In an effort to improve the health of the platform, Twitter removed “spammy and suspicious accounts”, causing its user base to shrink by 1 million in July 2018 and its stock to shrink.

Filippo Menzer, a researcher at Indiana University’s observatory on social media, said Twitter has become more aggressive in removing such dishonest accounts, although the nature of the threat is evolving and its scale is difficult to quantify.

A Carnegie Mellon University study analyzing the spread of Covid-19 falsity in 2020 found that 82% of the top 50 influential retweets were bots.

Within Twitter, measuring and detecting fake or spam accounts is a complex issue that is not well defined or understood by the company’s own employees, Reuters news agency wrote.

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