The Twitter boss on Monday defended the messaging platform’s battle against the “bots” that aspiring buyer Elon Musk claims irritate the platform, only to make the billionaire respond with an emoji poop.
The exchange took place in tweets when Musk’s $ 44 billion Twitter purchase was “temporarily suspended,” pending questions about the social media company’s estimates of the number of fake accounts or “bots.”
“It appears that the spam / bot problem is cascading and is clearly making the Twitter deal confusing,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note to investors.
“The bot problem at the end of the day was known to the New York City taxi driver and we feel more like the ‘dog ate homework’ excuse to save the Twitter deal or lower the price.”
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said the platform suspends more than half a million supposedly bogus accounts every day, usually before they are even seen, and blocks millions more accounts every week that fail checks to make sure. that they are controlled by humans and not by software.
Internal measures show that less than 5% of active Twitter accounts on any given day are spam, but that analysis cannot be replicated externally due to the need to keep user data private, Agrawal said.
Musk, who said bots plague Twitter and would take care of it as a priority if he owned the platform, responded to that tweet from Agrawal with a poop emoji.
“So how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money?” Musk tweeted in a later reply about the need to prove Twitter users are real people.
“This is critical to Twitter’s financial health.”
The process used to estimate how many accounts are bots was shared with Musk, Agrawal said.
SpaceX and Tesla boss Musk is currently listed by Forbes as the richest person in the world, with a fortune of around $ 230 billion, much of it in Tesla stock.
Regarded by his supporters as an iconoclastic genius and by his critics as an erratic megalomaniac, Musk surprised many investors in April with his search for Twitter.
Musk described his motivation as stemming from a desire to ensure free speech on the platform and to increase the monetization of a website that is influential in the media and political circles, but has struggled to achieve profitable growth.
Musk said he was in favor of lifting the ban on Donald Trump, who was kicked off the platform in January 2021 shortly after the former US president’s efforts to overturn his electoral defeat led to the January 6 assault on United States Capitol.