Why did Tesla Chief Elon Musk Shot Back At Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal?
Tesla chief Elon Musk shot back at Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s long thread of spam and posted a “pile of poo” emotion as well. Parag Agrawal explained Twitter’s process of “human review” to which Elon Musk gave a terse reply.
• Elon Musk wants the bots to remove from Twitter before his acquisition
• Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said he would discuss the matter of spam
• Elon Musk has been sending mixed messages after the takeover of Twitter
• The takeover has been put “temporary on hold”
What Was Parag Agrawal’s Long Thread On Spam?
Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal posted the thread on “human review” of potential spam and said that he would discuss the matter “with the benefit of data, facts, and context”.
“Spam harms the experience of real people on Twitter, and therefore can harm our business”, tweeted Parag Agrawal. “As such, we are strongly incentivized to detect and remove as much spam as we possibly can, every single day. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just wrong”, Parag Agrawal further posted.
Parag Agrawal said that spam wasn’t just binary (human/not human). The most advanced spam campaigns used combinations of coordinated humans+automation. They also compromised real accounts and then used them to advance their campaigns. He further said that spams were sophisticated and hard to catch.
Agrawal said that the hard challenge was that many accounts which look superficial were actually real people. Some of the spam accounts which could be the most dangerous could look totally legitimate on the surface.
How Did Elon Musk Respond To The Spam Thread?
“Have you tried just calling them?”, responded Elon Musk and then closed his reply with a “pile of poo” emotion. Musk has put the Twitter deal “temporary on hold” pending questions over fake accounts of “bots”. But experts view his reply as an attempt to pull out of the deal or to force a lower price.