Aug 19, 2022

Doubts cast over Elon Musk's Twitter bot claims

In 2017, the group of academics behind the tool published a paper that estimated that between 9% and 15% of active Twitter accounts were bots. Michael Kearney, creator of Tweet Bot or Not, another public tool for assessing bots, told the BBC the number of spam and fake accounts on Twitter is partly down to definition. Fake accounts are often run by humans, while accounts like weather bots are actively encouraged on Twitter. Some bot experts claim Twitter has a vested interest in undercounting fake accounts. Mr Yang believes Twitter's methodology is relatively robust and says if he had its data, he "Would probably do something similar to Twitter" to verify accounts.

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