Elon Musk raised the issue of spambots again on Twitter, stating that the social media platform has very “very bot-friendly” rules. Elon Musk has really put the $44 billion deal on hold indefinitely, citing this very reason.
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has stated that about five percent of Daily Twitter users are fake or consist of spambots. Twitter has also stated the same thing in a filing with the SEC or the Securities and Exchange Commission. A Twitter follower of Elon Musk tweeted at him, saying that none of the limits regarding changing details about a user on Twitter is aligned with person-to-person interactions. He cited that Twitter allows a user to post 1 tweet every 36 seconds, over a 24-hour period, which is not humanly possible. The user also pointed out that the bots can change the email associated with their Twitter accounts 4 times in an hour because Twitter allows it. This is something that no human being would ever need in a realistic setting. The Tesla CEO responded: “Totally, these are very bot-friendly rules!” Twitter allows about 1,000 direct messages or DMs in a day. It also allows a user to send around 2,400 tweets per day. Because the takeover bid must meet certain requirements, Musk has asked the SEC to investigate Twitter’s claim of having 5 percent bots among its daily active users on the platform. Musk claims that by all logical indications the number is at least 20 percent. Musk has also claimed that Twitter CEO Agrawal has refused to present evidence showing that the platform has less than five percent bots.“20 percent of fake/spam accounts, while 4 times what Twitter claims, could be much higher. My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate,” Musk tweeted. “Yesterday, the CEO of Twitter publicly refused to show proof of less than 5 percent. This deal cannot move forward until he does,” he added. Musk, at a conference in Miami this month, said that Twitter could have at least four times as many fake accounts as revealed in his presentation. Via: FirstPost