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Elon Musk is putting his Twitter deal on hold because… bots


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Elon Musk said today he’s temporarily putting the Twitter deal on hold — because of bots.

Yep, you read that right. Musk said the company has to prove that bots consist of less than 5% of users on the platform.

This comes after a Twitter filing with SEC earlier this month, that claimed that the number of bots and spam accounts in its daily active users count — 229 million in Q1 2022 — is less than 5%.

Removing bots from Twitter was the Tesla CEO’s one of the most advertised pitches when he was ...


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