Elon Musk is one again provoking Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal. This time he has come up to a “public debate” regarding fake accounts on the platform. In his recent tweets, the Tesla CEO allegedly made a statement that the social media company’s method of anticipating spam bots and accounts is flawed, even “materially false”.
Andrea Stroppa, a “data analyst” and “SpaceX fan”, urged that Twitter provided “vague data” when Musk requested more information about spam and fake accounts. Stroppa also mentioned that Twitter “provided outdated data” and even a “fake set of data”. Musk was delighted by the fan’s inquiry and praised the fan. Musk on this matter added, “I hereby challenge Parag Agrawal to a public debate about the Twitter bot percentage. Let him prove to the public that Twitter has <5% fake or spam daily users”.
The whole episode became interesting when Musk conducted a poll on Twitter on the same day where he initiated the fans to speak about fake accounts on the platform. The result of the poll says that about 64.9 per cent believe that Twitter’s claims are false.
A Twitter bot is considered bad, as companies or some users use Twitter’s API to roll out updates, for example on games or weather. Twitter explained that there exist many accounts which are used by actual people but appears to be spam profiles due to their frequent tweeting habits.