Elon Musk’s latest salvo in his war against spam crypto bots on Twitter appears to be making a real dent, with the crypto community reporting a significant drop in the number of bots responding to their posts.
In a Dec. 11 post, Twitter’s CEO hinted that “the bots are going in for a surprise tomorrow” and later clarified that they’ve found a small number of people behind a large number of bot/troll accounts and the platform will be shutting down IP addresses for “known bad actors.” “.
He then followed this up by explaining that while scammers may try other ways to circumvent the IP ban, Twitter will “shut them down as soon as they show up”.
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Musk said in a Dec. 11 post, “I did a test post and instead of seeing 50 bot replies, I just saw big progress, very big publicity.”
Other users also went to test Musk’s latest changes. PlanB, Bitcoin
Analyst and investor, he posted a chart to see how many bots will respond. At the time of this writing, no responses from the bots have appeared in the comments.
Vitalik Buterin, also one of the co-founders of Ethereum, noted that while “Twitter seems to be *marginally* better usable lately,” he can’t tell if there is a drop in bots due to Musk.
“No idea how to separate the things Elon has done for crypto-winter versus mentally imagining changes that aren’t really there,” he said.
Some reported that bot responses still appeared in posts, but were very quickly removed by the platform.
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Twitter spam and scams have been an epidemic on the platform and Musk has made it one of his top Twitter priorities after taking office in October.
In his latest post, Musk also hinted that the platform would aim to take legal action against Twitter scammers in the future, though no additional details were provided.
“Twitter will also move to go after scammers anywhere on earth,” he said.