Elon Musk Says Twitter Refusing To Cough Up Spam Numbers: They're Being 'Very Suspicious'

Zinger Key Points
  • Musk says fake users on Twitter make up at least 20% of all Twitter accounts, possibly as high as 90%.   
  • Musk has put Twitter deal on hold over fake account details

Tesla Inc TSLA CEO Elon Musk seems to be tacitly delaying the process of moving forward with his $44 billion offer for Twitter Inc TWTR

He is now focusing his attention on digging out how the social media giant handles so-called automated bots. 

During a recent interview, Musk said that fake users make up at least 20% of all Twitter accounts, possibly as high as 90%.   

However, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal responded that spam accounts make up fewer than 5% of total users. 

One of Musk’s followers said that Twitter has made it much more difficult to report spam in a recent Twitter interaction.

Responding to the follower, Musk said he's concerned that the social media company has financial reasons not to aggressively reduce spam. 

Also Read: Elon Musk On Twitter Algorithm: 'You Are Being Manipulated' And Here's How To Fix It

When one Twitter account holder asked Musk if Twitter had gotten back to him about the real active users, Musk said the company had resisted clarifying the issue. 

Last week, Musk mentioned in a Twitter post that unless Twitter shows how this 5% is calculated on a daily basis, he won’t move ahead with the deal. 

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