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Elon Musk Responds to Discussion of Fake Spam Accounts on Twitter By Tweeting the Poop Emoji to Twitter’s CEO

Just when you thought you’d seen it all when it comes to the rollercoaster ride of delicious fun that Elon Musk gave the leftists of Twitter when he put in his bid to purchase the censorship central platform and vowed to take the company private and make it a free speech hub, he goes and sends a smiling turd emoji to the CEO of Twitter Parag Agrawal responding to a Twitter thread on Monday that went on about the risk of spam.

I don’t know what Musk’s intentions were when he posted the turd image, but I, like most people, can speculate.

The CEO went over how Twitter finds spam and fake Twitter accounts, saying the platform suspends about 500,000 spam accounts daily and how they lock millions of accounts every week that they believe are spam when they don’t pass a human verification test like captcha challenges where a human has to enter values they see printed on the screen into a text box, along with phone verification systems and other methods.

Agrawal also talked about how many accounts look like fake accounts but are actually authentic and that some spam accounts seem to appear as legitimate accounts.

“We suspend over half a million 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),” he wrote.

The Twitter CEO followed up with another tweet, saying, “The hard challenge is that many accounts that 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.”

Twitter uses data, private and public, to figure out if accounts are real. They use IP address, phone number, geolocation, client/browser signatures, etc. They also monitor what the account is doing when active on the site.

Agrawal said that Twitter estimates that less than 5% of daily active Twitter users (mDAUs) are spam type accounts via sampling multiple human reviews.

“Unfortunately, we don’t believe that this specific estimation can be performed externally, given the critical need to use both public and private information (which we can’t share). Externally, it’s not even possible to know which accounts are counted as mDAUs on any given day,” Agrawal said.

Musk replied with the poop emoji after the CEO admitted the company does not think its estimation “can be performed externally.”

The reason Musk would be concerned about this is because advertisers pay good money for real human beings to see their ads. Suppose one scumbag is running a spam bot controlling 50,000 users. An advertiser is paying for 50,000 impressions of his ad when it’s really only one guy. Before you know it, words goes out that Twitter is not a safe bet to advertise on the platform because you don’t know how many people are really viewing their ads.

Musk confirmed his thoughts tweeting, “So how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money? This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter.”

Catturd, one of my favorite Twitter accounts that I follow, chimed in with what probably millions of users would think.

Do you actually think he knows anything about business?” With the way the company has been run, that’s a really good question.

Musk said that he will remove all the spam bots from the platform he made the $43 billion bid to purchase the company back in April.

“If our twitter bid succeeds, we will defeat spam bots or die trying!” Musk said in an April 21 tweet. “And authenticate all real humans.”

This problem with fake accounts is why Musk tweeted out last week that his bid to buy the company is now temporarily on hold. He may want to back out or get a better deal if a portion of users are fake accounts and that will harm revenues.

After the stock took a tumble because of the nature of his tweet, Musk followed up a couple hours later with a tweet acknowledging that he was still committed to the purchase deal.

 

 

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