Tesla’s CEO reiterated that the company still refuses to explain how it calculates that 5% of its active users are fake accounts.
American tycoon Elon Musk suggested this Saturday that his agreement to buy Twitter for 44,000 million dollars should be reduced in proportion to the number of ‘bots’ on the social network.
To a tweet from a user who wrote that, “if 25% of users are ‘bots,’ then the Twitter acquisition deal should cost 25% less,” the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX responded: “Undoubtedly”.
Musk also expressed concern about how willing the social media company is to address the presence of fake accounts on its platform. “I am concerned that Twitter has a disincentive to reduce spam, as it reduces the perception of daily users ,” said the businessman. “They still refuse to explain how they calculate that 5% of daily users are fake/spam! It’s very suspicious,” he added.
Purchase on hold
On May 13, the richest man in the world announced that the acquisition of Twitter “is temporarily on hold” while waiting for the company to demonstrate that the ‘bots’ in that social network represent less than 5 % of its users, a figure that according to the businessman is actually close to 20%.
Later, the executive director of Twitter, Parag Agrawal, acknowledged that detecting fake accounts rigorously is a “major challenge”. And he explained the reasons: “An account formed by a first name followed by many numbers and without a profile picture […] may seem like a ‘bot’ or ‘spam’, but behind the scenes there are multiple indicators that it is a real person,” he said.