Beware: Social Bots Lurking on Twitter, Here’s What You Need to Know
- Twitter is a popular platform for crypto-related businesses, project creators and users, with 500 million posts per day.
- Despite Twitter’s prohibition of bots, research shows that 12% of daily active users are bots.
- Elon Musk’s endorsement of controversial ex-crypto entrepreneur Mario Nawfal suggests mixed messages about Twitter’s attitude towards bots – raising the question of how dangerous they really are.
The Popularity Of Twitter For Crypto Projects
Twitter is a social media giant enabling crypto-related businesses and project creators to reach their follower base directly. All emerging crypto projects are on Twitter, which claims to serve the public conversation freely and safely. Thus Twitter prohibits using it “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.” Despite this, research shows that nearly 12% of the platform’s daily active users are bots. Over the past few days, Twitter has taken action to keep making it a great place for everyone by limiting how many tweets can be seen in order to fight against content scraping bots.
Elon Musk & The Controversial Ex-Crypto Entrepreneur Mario Nawfal
Elon Musk raised eyebrows by endorsing the controversial ex-crypto entrepreneur and host of the Twitter Spaces audio platform, Mario Nawfal. Nawfal hosts live conversations with famous executives and politicians for his 922,000 followers and is suspected of selling bot services via his sponsorship business and artificially inflating engagements for his clients. Researchers have calculated that more than 65% of the engagement with Nawfal’s content is artificial and falsely inflated. This suggests mixed messages from Twitter regarding its attitude towards bots.
What Do Bots Gain? What Do We Lose?
Bots target genuine platform users intentionally so they can gain something from following us – but what exactly do they win? On one hand, we could lose our trust in genuine accounts since it can be difficult to differentiate between real people and fake automated accounts when looking at profiles online. On the other hand, some bots might offer helpful services such as providing regular updates on news topics or even helping us discover content related to our interests quicker than we would be able to do manually ourselves..
How Dangerous Are Social Media Bots?
The existence of social media bot presents both advantages and risks depending on their intentions – whether they intend malicious activities like spreading false information or offering helpful services like providing news updates faster than manual searches would allow us to do so ourselves. Ultimately though it is important for all social media platforms including Twitter to take measures against these automated accounts in order ensure safety for its users while preserving access free speech online..