Elon Musk calls Twitter for ‘suspicious’ behavior and ponders new terms to cut bid costs


Elon Musk’s battle against Twitter bots doesn’t look set to ease anytime soon.


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The billionaire who bid for about $44 billion on Twitter said last week that his deal can’t “go” unless Twitter conducts an honest audit of what percentage of Twitter accounts are bots and spam accounts.

According to the revenue report for the first quarter of 2022, Twitter estimates The fact that less than 5% of all users were bots and spam accounts, Musk questioned the number, though he did not receive an answer or explanation from Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal how the number was calculated.

Billionaires are now suggesting doubling down and lowering their bids by a percentage that is directly proportional to the actual percentage of bots and spam accounts using the Twitter platform.

Relevant: Twitter gained millions of users in its first earnings report since accepting Musk’s bid.

Musk replied: Threads between yourself and several other users Here, he said the behavior of the social media platform was “suspicious” and offered a suggested solution to how much lower bids should be lowered to buy the company.

“I’m worried that Twitter will hamper our ability to reduce spam because it reduces the number of perceived daily users,” Musk said. “[Twitter] still rejected[s] Here’s how to calculate that 5% of daily users are fake/spam! Very suspicious.”

Then, one user suggested that if 25% of all Twitter users were found to be bots, then Musk’s acquisition price should be 25% lower than the original bid, and Musk responded “never.”

He not only spoke out last week about Agrawal and the Twitter team’s silence on the matter, but also made it clear that bots and spam accounts are issues they take very seriously when acquiring the company.

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“I also swore publicly that we should get rid of bots, trolls, scams and everything else, because doing so will definitely reduce the user experience and we don’t want people to get money and those kinds of scams. Work” Musk He said in an interview on the red carpet at the Met Gala earlier this month. “I’m definitely on the battlefield, so if someone manipulates a bot or a troll, I’m definitely their enemy.”

Prior to Musk’s recent battle with the company, his acquisition was expected to be completed by the end of 2022, but it’s unclear now whether that will happen.

Twitter went down At the close on Monday, it was 33.65% from the previous year.

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