Musk says he'll randomly sample Twitter accounts to find true number of bots

Musk says he'll randomly sample Twitter accounts to find true number of bots

Elon Musk on Friday night explained how he will determine the number of spam and fake accounts on Twitter, hours after he said his bid to acquire the platform was on hold due to the company’s possible underreporting of bots. Musk, 50, wrote on Twitter that he would calculate the true presence of spam on the platform by analyzing a random sample of 100 followers of popular accounts. “Ignore first 1000 followers, then pick every 10th. I’m open to better ideas,” he said. “Any sensible random sampling process is fine. If many people independently get similar results for % of fake/spam/duplicate accounts, that will be telling,” he wrote. “I picked 100 as the sample size number, because that is what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate.” The Tesla tycoon answered …
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