CEO of Tesla Motors and business tycoon Elon Musk certainly needs no introduction. He might be the wealthiest man in the world, but he is not without his fair share of controversies. He wants to remove spam bots from Twitter as well.
Elon Musk has taken over headlines in the past month. After a lot of back and forth and teasing, Elon Musk ended up purchasing Twitter for $44 billion. Twitter hit 229 million daily users after this as well.
Elon Musk recently revealed that he wants to get rid of all the spam bots on Twitter. According to Twitter auditing tool SparkToro, half of Elon Musk’s Twitter account is full of bots.
Spam bots are the “single most annoying problem” on Twitter, as said by Elon Musk last month. He doubled down on it recently as well.
I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans,” he said. “Twitter has tremendous potential—I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it
While Twitter already has policies to take action spam bots, security is always a constant challenge for Twitter. Musk has vowed to solve the problem by authenticating “all real humans” on the site.
Musk’s current 87.9 million followers, SparkToro estimates that roughly 48% are fake accounts. The accounts that are “unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets (either because they’re spam, bots, propaganda, etc. or because they’re no longer active on Twitter).”
We will have to wait and see whether Elon Musk will be able to achieve his goals of removing all spam bots.