On Monday, the head of Twitter defended the battle of the messaging platform against the “bots”, which, according to buyer Ilona Maska, irritate the platform, only to get the billionaire to respond with smileys.

The exchange was played out in tweets, as the purchase of Mask on Twitter for 44 billion dollars remained “temporarily on hold” until there are questions about the company’s estimates of the number of fake accounts or “bots”.

“The spam / bot problem seems to be cascading and is clearly making the Twitter deal confusing,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a note to investors.

“The problem with the bot at the end of the day was known to New York taxi drivers, and we are more like the occasion of ‘dog ate homework’ to cancel a deal on Twitter or talk about a lower price.”

Twitter CEO Parag Agraval said the platform suspends more than half a million seemingly fake accounts daily, usually before they’re seen, and blocks another million weekly who don’t check to make sure they’re controlled by people, not software.

Internal measures show that less than 5% of accounts active any day on Twitter are spam, but this analysis cannot be reproduced externally due to the need to store users ’personal data, Agraval claimed.

Musk, who said bots hit Twitter and that he would make getting rid of them a priority if he owned the platform, responded to that tweet by Agravala with a smile.

“So how do advertisers know what they get for their money?” In the next answer, Musk wrote on Twitter about the need to prove that Twitter users are real people.

“This is fundamental to Twitter’s financial health.”

The process used to estimate how many accounts are bots has been generalized to Mask, Agraval said.

READ ALSO: Musk says Twitter deal “temporarily suspended”

The head of SpaceX and Tesla Musk is currently on the Forbes list as the richest man in the world, with a fortune of about $ 230 billion, most of which is in Tesla shares.

In April, Musk surprised many investors with his pursuit Twitter.

Musk described his motivation as the result of a desire to ensure freedom of speech on the platform and increase the monetization of an online site that is influential in the media and political circles, but struggling to achieve profitable growth.

Musk said he was in favor of lifting the ban on Donald Trump, who was ousted from the platform in January 2021 shortly after the former U.S. president’s efforts to undo his election defeat led to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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