Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, again lashed out at Twitternow “mocking” the number of bots (or fake accounts) and humans in the social network that it intends to buy for 44 million dollars.
Through a survey that he published on his verified profile, the tycoon referred to the figure defended by the platform, which says that less than 5% are accounts could be handled by software and not people.
“Twitter claims > 95% of daily active users are real, unique humans. Does anyone have that experience?” she questioned.
He put two options as answers: in the first there are two laughing emojis and in the second a robot emoji asking “Who, me?!”. In both cases she would be mocking Twitter and showing his skepticism.
This comes a day after Musk replied to Parag Agrawal, still the CEO of Twitter, with a poop emoji. to your thread where you underlined that the number of spam profiles are significantly fewer than actual users.
Agrawal’s thread of posts began by pointing out that to talk about spam on the social network you had to talk about the context, showing facts and data. In more than 10 tweets explained how they work to keep bot profiles in check.
First, he mentioned that they are aware that “spam damages the experience of real people and therefore, can harm our business”, so it was a huge incentive to detect and remove as much spam as they can on a daily basis. “Anyone who suggests otherwise is simply wrong,” sentenced.
He detailed that spam is not just binarythat is, human and non-human, since there are campaigns that combine humans with automation, which makes them more sophisticated and difficult to detect.
He noted that “fighting spam is incredibly dynamic” because the dynamics, objectives and tactics “constantly evolve” attached to their work strategies, so the same detection tactics never work. “You can’t create a set of rules today and expect them to still work tomorrow.”
Even so, they suspend more than half a million spam accounts daily, “Usually before you can see them on Twitter.” In addition, Block millions of accounts every week for suspected spam. “If they can’t pass human verification tests like captchas or cell phone verification.”
In that sense, he said that the Twitter team constantly makes updates to remove as much spam as possible, without suspending real people or adding unnecessary tests of humanity to those who use the platform. “None of us wants to solve a captcha every time we use Twitter”.
“Each human review is based on Twitter’s rules that define spam and platform manipulation, and uses public and private data (e.g., IP address, phone number, geographic location, client/browser signatures, etc.). what does the account do when it is active…) determination of each account”, explained Agrawal.
According to his internal estimates for the last four months of 2022, and having put the entire situation of controlling spam accounts on Twitter into context, the still CEO of the platform assured that less than 5% are bots.
Despite the long explanation, Elon Musk responded with his poop emoji and this day he did his survey to show his skepticism.