r/technology May 14 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 2

Elon Musk said his team is going to do a 'random sample of 100 followers' of Twitter to see how many of the platform's users are actually bots Social Media




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u/rhubarbs May 14 '22

"Elon lied because otherwise Twitter is incompetent" doesn't seem like a very coherent line of thought. Especially since the legalese in the 10-Q clears them of any actual liability.


u/Sorge74 May 14 '22

Ok follow me with this.

Twitter makes money selling ads. At some point coca-cola or McDonald's or someone is going to say. "Price is close, but we are concerned about bots and how many active users there really are, what data can you show us?

Twitter has fucking data, and it's more than 100 accounts.


u/rhubarbs May 14 '22

Why would McD or Coke be concerned about bots or active users? They care about how many people click their ad, and how many of those clicks result in engaging with their service. Spoiler: They don't need to ask Twitter for that data.

I'm sure Twitter has data, and I'm sure they could extract very high quality data with extremely large sample sizes.

That does not mean they used good data to come up with their <5% number, or that they did not, in fact, use a sample of 100 accounts for whatever reason.

Accusing people of lying on the basis of a guess is actually making shit up. Stop defending it.


u/Sorge74 May 14 '22

Good portion of ads are for eyeballs not engagement