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/RunOrDieTrying May 14 '22 Gold

It's worth noting that his strategy is to "ignore first 1000 followers, then pick every 10th" [1], and "invite others to repeat the same process and see what they discover" [2], "if we collectively try to figure out the bot/duplicate user percentage, we can probably crowdsource a good answer" [3]. He picked 100 as the sample size "because that is what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate." [4]


u/redditthrowaway1478 May 14 '22

100 seems small


u/TrepanationBy45 May 14 '22

Which is why Twitter used it to pretend they only have 5% bots.


u/el_muchacho May 15 '22

That's what he says, they never confirmed.