Elon Musk sparred with Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal over the prevalence of spam bots on the platform.
Elon Musk sparred with Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal over the prevalence of spam bots on the platform, with the company’s would-be proprietor saying the quantity is much greater than acknowledged.
Musk, who has agreed to purchase Twitter for $44 billion, mentioned final week that he was placing the deal “on hold” till he had extra details about how the company measures bot accounts. The billionaire mentioned Monday that he estimates not less than 20% of Twitter accounts are literally spam. In a Twitter thread, in the meantime, Agrawal mentioned the quantity is lower than 5% when measuring every day customers — a determine the company has beforehand cited in quarterly filings.
Musk tweeted over the weekend that he was going to run his personal take a look at to decide the variety of bots on Twitter by sampling 100 random accounts that observe the @Twitter deal with. He then tweeted that he picked that pattern measurement as a result of it’s the identical pattern measurement Twitter makes use of to decide its personal bot prevalence.
Agrawal contradicted that declare Monday, saying Twitter has human reviewers have a look at “thousands of accounts” to decide the prevalence of bots, however added that he couldn’t share extra specifics due to privateness considerations. “Unfortunately, we don’t believe that this specific estimation can be performed externally, given the critical need to use both public and private information,” he wrote.
He added that Twitter shared this system with Musk final week.
The subject has emerged as a key concern for Twitter administration and buyers, with some analysts saying it might derail Musk’s takeover deal — or knock down the value. Twitter fell as a lot as 7.9% to $37.51 on Monday, placing it effectively beneath the $54.20-a-share Musk provide that was accredited by the board final month.
In his Twitter thread Monday, Agrawal mentioned that measuring spam accounts was difficult as a result of some accounts that seem like spam are literally actual people, and vice versa. Twitter additionally permits bots on the service, so merely organising an automatic account just isn’t in opposition to the principles.
Musk was not impressed with Agrawal’s response. He first replied, “Have you tried calling them?” as a manner to verify a person account isn’t spam. Then he merely replied to Agrawal with a poop emoji.