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Musk Vowed to Defeat Spam Bots on Twitter, but What Are They: Explained

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Elon Musk, who has made weeding out fake Twitter accounts and spam bots the central theme of his takeover plan, said if he buys the social-media platform he “will defeat the spam bots or die trying”.
Billionaire Elon Musk on Friday put on hold his $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,40,800 crore) takeover plan for Twitter, as he waited for details on the microblogging platform’s claim that fake accounts comprise less than 5 percent of users. Musk, who has made weeding out fake Twitter accounts and spam bots the central theme of his takeover plan, said if he buys the social-media platform he “will defeat the spam bots or die trying”. He has constantly blamed the company’s over-reliance on advertising for the relentless spread of spam bots. Twitter, like other social media companies, has been battling spam bots over the past few years through software that spots and blocks them. So, what are spam bots and what counts as a fake Twitter account? Spam bots or fake accounts are designed to manipulate or artificially boost activity on social media platforms such as Twitter. If accounts on the platform engage in “bulk, aggressive or deceptive activity that misleads people”, then these activities are considered as platform manipulation, according to the company’s policy.

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