Elon Musk says team will ‘random sample’ to find fake Twitter accounts: ‘Bots are mad to be told’ | Technology

On Friday (13), he questioned the lack of details of the calculations recently revealed by the social network. Hours after asking for more information, he took to Twitter to say he “remains committed” to the purchase.

“To find out, my team will randomly sample 100 @Twitter followers. I invite others to repeat the same process and see what they discover,” he said.

He then joked about the situation: “Bots are mad to be counted 🤣”, he wrote.

A netizen even asked Musk how the sampling process would be done and the billionaire replied:

“Any sensible random sampling process is fine. If many people independently get similar results for % fake/spam/duplicate accounts, that will be telling. I chose 100 as the sample size number because that’s what Twitter uses to calculate <5% false/spam/duplicate," replied the billionaire.

“Ignore the first 1,000 followers and choose every 10. I’m open to better ideas,” he pointed out.

Musk responded to netizens about how the random sample will be made — Photo: Reproduction/Twitter

Musk published that the purchase of Twitter was on hold. — Photo: Reproduction

Twitter data indicates that fake profiles and those used for posting spam messages represent 5% of the network’s base of 229 million active users.

The tycoon has already publicly expressed his concern about the possibility of twitter “to be dying”. In addition to the fake profiles, Musk points out that several celebrity accounts have a lot of followers but don’t have content posted frequently on the platform.

What are bots, fake accounts and spam profiles?

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In summary, bots or robots are accounts controlled by a computer program that can do all the actions of a regular Twitter user: like content, follow other users, publish and retweet posts.

This type of account can be used for several purposes: from informing whenever a certain profile posts a new message to disseminating fake news. (Learn more about the malicious use of bots on Twitter)

Already fake accounts or fake profiles are accounts that represent a person, organization or company that does not actually exist on social media. They can be created using names, information and photos of celebrities, fictional characters or even misuse of third party data.

Not necessarily a fake profile is a robot. Both on Twitter and on other social networks there are profiles that are used and updated by real users.

already the called spam bots use these actions for activities that could be harmful, such as excessive marketing for a particular company or spreading lies to influence users’ opinion about an issue or policy.

In the case of robots involved in scams, they can also be called scam bots. Elon Musk himself commented in a recent interview that he is constantly bumping into scams that use the promise of cryptocurrency profits to attract victims.

How many fake accounts does Twitter have?

It is not possible to get an exact number of how many fake accounts there are on the social network. In its latest earnings report sent to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter claims to be aware that “there are several fake or spam accounts on the platform”.

The company estimates that they represent 5% of the social network’s base of 229 million active users. Which means there would be around 11.5 million accounts. But Twitter itself recognizes that this information may be different.

“Our estimate of fake or spam accounts may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts, and the actual number of fake or spam accounts may be greater than we estimate,” the document sent by the social network to the SEC states.

According to the document, the social network team applied “significant judgment” to arrive at this data. That is, it is not possible to say how much this estimate was influenced or what criteria the company used to arrive at the information..

Curiosamente, após o anúncio do acordo com Musk, um movimento atípico no Twitter chamou a atenção de especialistas: perfis conservadores, incluindo o do próprio presidente Jair Bolsonaro (PL), ganharam milhares de novos seguidores.

In an interview with BBC Brasil, the CEO of the BotSentinel platform, Christopher Bouzy, says that these accounts are not “organic”. Twitter, on the other hand, said the oscillations appear to have occurred naturally.

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