Twitter says it removes more than a million “spam bot” accounts every day

Twitter removes more than a million spam accounts every day, executives told reporters in a briefing, providing new insight into efforts to cut down on malicious automated bots as billionaire Elon Musk has demanded more details from the social media company.

The briefing comes after Musk threatened to halt a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter unless the company could prove spam and bot accounts accounted for less than 5 percent of users were viewing advertisements on the social media service.

Mr Musk previously tweeted that one of his top priorities after taking over Twitter is to “beat the spam bots or die trying”.

In a conference call, the company reiterated that spam accounts account for well under 5 percent of users who see ads, a number that has remained unchanged in its public filings since 2013.

Human reviewers examine thousands of Twitter accounts and use a combination of public and private data to calculate and report to shareholders the proportion of spam and bot accounts on the service, Twitter said.

The company said it did not believe any calculation of such accounts could be done externally as it would require users’ private information, but declined to comment further on Mr Musk. Twitter says it removes more than a million “spam bot” accounts every day

Fry Electronics Team

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