Tesla CEO Elon Musk again brought up the presence of fake/spam accounts or “bots” on Twitter on Sunday, saying the microblogging platform has “very bot-friendly” rules. Musk has delayed the $44 billion Twitter buyout until CEO Parag Agrawal tells him the exact percentage of bots on the platform. Twitter is currently saying less that five percent of accounts on its platforms could be fake. Also Read – Twitter’s Reply to Instagram Close Friends Rolls Out To More Users
A follower tagged Musk and posted “current Twitter technical limits”: “None of these @Twitter limits are aligned with the purpose of human-to-human interactions @elonmusk.” Also Read – Elon Musk vs Jeff Bezos: Party Less and Work More
“Like 1 tweet every 36 seconds for 24 hours is not human behavior. Your account email address doesn’t change 4 times an hour either,” the follower asked Musk. Also Read – Elon Musk Says Tesla Won’t Produce Cars in India: Here’s Why
The Tesla CEO replied, “Totally, these are very bot-friendly rules!”
Twitter’s technical limits say that for Direct Messages (DMs), the limit is 1,000 messages per day, while for tweets it is 2,400 per day.
The “change to account email” is 4 per hour and the technical “tracking limit” is 400 per day.
Musk has asked the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate whether Twitter’s claim about the number of users is true.
While Twitter indicated in its SEC filing that less than five percent of its daily active user revenues (mDAUs) are fake, Musk believes the number of bots is four times higher.
Musk said Twitter’s CEO publicly declined to show evidence of less than five percent bots.
“20 percent fake/spam accounts, while four times as many as Twitter claims, could be much higher. My offer was based on the accuracy of Twitter’s SEC filings,” Musk wrote.
“Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show evidence of less than 5 percent. This deal cannot go through until he does,” he added.
Musk said at a conference in Miami this month that Twitter could have at least four times more fake accounts than what was revealed in the filing.