Elon put his acquisition of Twitter “temporarily on hold”
to gather details about the percentage of Twitter users who are bots, adding that he is “Still committed to acquisition.”
He encouraged Twitter users to do a random sampling of followers
to gauge the number of bots, and said his team would do the same. Bot Sentinel, a platform that monitors Twitter accounts, estimated that 10-15% of accounts are bots
. On Friday, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said he still expects the deal to close.
Later that night, Elon tweeted, “The bots are angry at being counted.”
Some speculated that Elon caught Twitter defrauding shareholders
, while others saw the move as a negotiating tactic
to reduce the cost of the Twitter acquisition. On Monday, Elon said his lowest estimate was that 20% of Twitter accounts were bots, and potentially as high as 80-90%.
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