Technology

Twitter Will Let Musk Learn By Doing

June 8, 2022
Engadget, TechCrunch, Washington Post, The Verge
The context
Twitter will reportedly let Elon Musk conduct his own investigation into the number of bots on the platform before his deal to buy the company is finalized.
 Twitter Will Let Musk Learn By Doing

Data driven

  • Elon Musk filed an SEC filing over Twitter's refusal to hand over data access to Musk so he could determine for himself how many bots are users on Twitter.
  • The filing claims that the company is committing a "material breach" of the merger's terms by refusing to disclose spam and fake account information.
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Here you go!

  • After initially refusing to hand over its user data, Twitter relented to Musk's demands and will offer him their tweet data.
  • Musk's public temper tantrum won him access to Twitter's data "firehose," which contains information about every tweet and information about the accounts on the platform.
  • Since 2013, Twitter has claimed that only about 5% of accounts are bots, but GlobalData estimates that the number could be closer to 10%.
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Switching it up

  • Combing through the immense amount of data which includes information about every tweet ever sent, would take a massive amount of time and resources, and Twitter's leaders are skeptical, to say the least, about Musk's ability to wrangle the data into intelligible findings.
  • If the number of bots is higher than Twitter claims, that could impact Twitter's ad revenue and the company's overall valuation.
  • If Twitter has been misleading Musk about the number of bots, that could provide him with an out from the deal to buy the company.
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Fun with the firehose

  • Musk legally committed himself to buying the social media platform for $44 billion.
  • Musk contends that Twitter has misrepresented the number of spam accounts on the platform. He also attacked the platform for initially offering Musk data about how they internally test the number of accounts that are bots.
  • Musk is a favorite target of bots and spammers on Twitter.
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100 million users

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