Twitter agreed a few days ago to provide more information to the American billionaire Elon Musk, after a message from the lawyer of quest’last, in which stated that the data shared on the platform was not enough.
In order not to miss the chance to acquire Twitter from Musk, the site decided to provide more information, which a Wall Street Journal report described as a fire hose, but analysts said the next step is the most difficult. in terms of analysis and benefit from.
Data analysts and specialists of the social media explained that the nature of the data, in in terms of size and limitations, it makes it difficult for Musk or anyone else to achieve clear results in a short period of time showing whether Twitter’s estimates on fake and spam accounts are accurate or not.
They said any estimates could be difficult to compare with those released publicly by Twitter, because Twitter has a unique protocol on how to identify such accounts.
Analyzing it is impractical
In turn, a company consultant social media On trust and security issues, Micah Schaefer explained that what Twitter provided was a general stream of tweets containing such limited data that it would not be practical to scan them for spam.
He described making that data available to Musk as “a kind of silence and disengagement rather than a grand concession”.
In parallel, people who studied Twitter’s data said they get it in time is a challenge due to the volume of data in income and the amount of resources needed to analyze them: computing power, infrastructure and expertise.
A person familiar with the matter explained that around a dozen companies have paid for access to that data over the years.
Detect some cases
For his part, Tamer Hassan, CEO of Human Security Inc, which specializes in the prevention of bot attacks and fraud onlineclaimed that with these data Musk will be in able to find some cases that could indicate fake or spam accounts, such as when an account posts more tweets than it can Posted by a person in a short period of time.
He added that those results could also include automated tweets that post useful or funny information, such as weather warnings or pictures of cute animals.
At the same time, the data does not contain any information that can help confirm whether certain accounts are real and belong to people, such as IP addresses, phone numbers and other private data.
There is no universal definition of fake accounts
Nathan Mathias, an assistant professor of communications at Cornell University who researches i social media and other tech platforms, said Twitter and Musk should also agree on what constitutes a fake or spam account.
He added that there was no universal definition of these terms and companies usually did not share their definitions because this information could be used to circumvent safeguards.
He also stated that “if Musk is his team they will decide they want to find results other than Twitter, it will be easy for them to do so. “” But others may also oppose Musk’s definitions, because there is no one standard”, he added.
Given the amount of data and the different ways in which can be broken down, the difference in bot numbers between Musk and Twitter wouldn’t be unusual or surprising, data specialists said, but it may not be enough to change the course or terms of an agreement.
Interestingly, Twitter’s approval comes to relieve Tesla and SpaceX founder, who was worried and fearful about the number of bots on Twitter and believed the numbers provided by the site in about the number of users were not the real number.
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