Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday temporarily withheld a $ 44 billion Twitter deal for pending details in support of calculations that spam and fake accounts represent less than 5 percent of users. Mask has now come up with a way to determine how many fake accounts there are on Twitter.
On the micro-blogging platform, Musk explained, “To find out, my team will make a random sample of 100 followers of @ twitter.”
Musk invited others to follow the same process and set the percentage of bots on Twitter. “I invite others to repeat the same process and see what they discover,” Musk wrote.
Moments later, Mask posted that the bot was angry at the count.
Meanwhile, a Twitter user asked the Tesla CEO how he would define “random”. In response, Musk said, “Ignore the first 1000 followers, then pick every 10th. I’m open to better ideas.”
“If we collectively try to figure out the percentage of bots / duplicate users, we can probably find a better answer,” added Musk.
Another user asked Mask to elaborate on the process. “So we can help you find the real percentage of scams / spam / bot accounts as Twitter,” the user wrote. “If we collectively try to figure out the percentage of bots / duplicate users, we can probably find a better answer,” added Musk.
“Any understandable random sampling process is fine. If a lot of people independently get the same results for% of fake / spam / duplicate accounts, it will tell. I chose 100 as the sample size number, because that’s what Twitter uses to calculate.”
Reuters reported on May 2 that Twitter had estimated in a filing that fake or spam accounts represented less than 5 percent of its monetized daily active users in the first quarter.
Twitter added in its previous filing that it faced a number of risks, including whether advertisers would continue to spend on Twitter until the deal with Musk was terminated.
The micro-blogging site has 229 million users who were advertised in the first quarter, it said.
The world’s richest man, Mask, has been tweeting lately that one of his priorities would be to remove “spam bots” from the platform.
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