The big news these days centers around Twitter’s battle against bots. Twitter has acknowledged that in order to keep its network secure, one million bots are currently removed daily.
In this sense, bots are harmful or spam accounts. They are fictitious user names that leave pointless remarks on other people’s tweets. Or tools that advertise an account or website.
In some instances, bots spread malware such as ransomware.
Twitter’s battle against bots
Elon Musk demanded greater transparency as he looked to finalize a prospective purchase. Twitter executives verified the story, which was first reported by Reuters.
Musk has requested further information from Twitter’s management regarding the company’s claim that it keeps the percentage of automated bots under 5%. The $44 billion transactions could fall through unless it can demonstrate that bots make up less than 5% of the accounts receiving ads on the site, warns Reuters.
However, on the press conference call, Twitter officials stated that fewer than 5% of the company’s user base consists of spam accounts. A statistic that has mostly been constant since 2013.
Twitter examines accounts manually to identify whether they are real people or computer systems.
The company then creates reports for its shareholders and informs them of the number of spam bots. This is done using the network using a combination of public and private data, according to Twitter.
The corporation further claimed that an external auditor would be unable to evaluate the platform. This is because of the type of data required for such examination. It did not want to specify what kind of information it would give the prospective buyer.
At the same time, Musk declared that once he owns the platform, he will “die trying” to stop the spam bots.