Elon Musk has made headlines in recent weeks for its recent acquisition of the social network Twitter. Although the billionaire has been committed to buying the platform, a tweet revealed that it will not be finalized until the ‘bots’ represent less than 5% of Twitter content.
The ‘bots’ are accounts or profiles that are dedicated to sending automated messages about a specific topic, according to GCF Dlobal. They can be classified as “spam” or junk messages that interfere with the traffic of the publications made by real users.
The messages published by the ‘bots’ have become a trend, so these accounts are used to influence political opinions, spread false news and promote rumours.
On Twitter, more than 20% of the content that appears on users’ home pages is generated by ‘bots’ or fake accounts, according to the GCF page. Fortunately, there are ways to mute, block, and report these accounts that only cause misinformation.
However, the CEO of Twitter, Parag Agrawal, stated in a tweet that they carried out “multiple human reviews (in replication) of thousands of accounts, which are randomly sampled, consistently over time” and assured that ‘bots’ represent less than 5% on the platform. He also expressed the seriousness of the existence of these accounts.
First, let me state the obvious: spam harms the experience for real people on Twitter, and therefore can harm our business. As such, we are strongly incentivized to detect and remove as much spam as we possibly can, every single day. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just wrong.
— Parag Agrawal (@paraga) May 16, 2022
Among the other mechanisms that Twitter uses to identify fake accounts are geolocation, IP address, and public and private data of its users. (I)