Spam accounts: Elon Musk puts Twitter’s claim to test on social media platform

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, isn’t sure that Twitter has over 95% real human accounts and less than 5% spam, and he’s testing that theory with a poll on his Twitter profile.

The billionaire, who has put his $44 billion proposals to buy the firm on hold, believes that Twitter has more spam or bot accounts than it claims.

Musk put the assertion to the test with his 93 million Twitter followers, writing: “Twitter claims that >95 percent of daily active users are real, unique persons.” “Has anyone have a similar experience?”

He then gave people two voting options: one was a laughing emoji for genuine people, and the other was a bot icon.

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As of the time of writing this post, over 1.3 million Twitter users had voted, with 52.5 percent in favor of people and 47.5 percent in favor of bots, after 13 hours of voting. The survey will be open for 24 hours.

Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal had earlier defended the claim on the percentage of spam on the platform noting that over 500,000 spam accounts are being suspended daily.

  • He said: “We suspend over half a million spam accounts every day, usually before any of you even see them on Twitter. We also lock millions of accounts each week that we suspect may be spam – if they can’t pass human verification challenges (captchas, phone verification, etc).”
  • The hard challenge is that many accounts which look fake superficially – are actually real people. And some of the spam accounts which are actually the most dangerous – and cause the most harm to our users – can look totally legitimate on the surface,” Agrawal added.
  • He said the Twitter team updates its systems and rules constantly to remove as much spam as possible, without inadvertently suspending real people or adding unnecessary friction for real people when they use Twitter
  • Now, we know we aren’t perfect at catching spam. And so this is why, after all the spam removal I talked about above, we know some still slips through. We measure this internally. And every quarter, we have estimated that <5% of reported mDAU for the quarter are spam accounts,” he stated.



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