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‘Defeat spambots or die trying’

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Elon Musk has said he has a few changes in mind for Twitter if he succeeds in acquiring the beleaguered social media platform – with a campaign against armies of spambots topping the list.

The billionaire framed his takeover bid as an effort to protect free speech on the social media platform. But Musk, whose Twitter account has more than 80 million followers, is also pushing for a more user-friendly experience.

“If our Twitter auction succeeds, we’ll beat the spambots or die trying!” Musk tweeted. “And authenticate all real humans.”

Musk also confirmed that he would take steps to address several other issues with Twitter while responding to a user who touted his potential Twitter takeover as a benefit to the platform.

“If @ElonMusk’s Twitter bid is successful, he will focus on fixing the real issues,” the user wrote. “Make the platform algorithm open source, eliminate horrible scam bots, modify functionality, strictly respect freedom of speech, simpler verification process.”

“Yeah,” Musk replied.

Musk has criticized Twitter’s failure to crack down on rogue accounts – describing bots earlier this month as the “most annoying issue” on the platform.

The billionaire also exposed the problem of bots during his recent appearance at a TED talk in Vancouver.

Elon Musk has secured $46.5 billion in funding for his Twitter takeover bid.
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“A top priority that I would have is to weed out spam and scam bots and bot armies that are on Twitter,” Musk said at the event. “They make the product much worse. If I had one Dogecoin for every crypto scam I saw, we would have 100 billion Dogecoin.

On Thursday, Musk revealed in a regulatory filing that he secured $46.5 billion in funding for his takeover bid on Twitter. That money could fuel a hostile takeover of the company through a takeover bid or an offer to buy shares directly from shareholders, if Twitter’s board continues to s oppose his efforts.

Twitter’s board has resisted Elon Musk’s takeover bid.
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Twitter’s board previously passed a “poison pill” provision aimed at preventing Musk from acquiring more than 15% of the company.

As The Post reported, Musk is also in talks with Chicago-based buyout firm Thoma Bravo about partnering on a potential takeover bid — a deal that sources say could be a precursor. of a formal binding offer.

New York Post

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