r/technology May 01 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 6 Wholesome 2 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Bravo! 1 Narwhal Salute 1 Snek 1

Elon Musk Wants to Rid Twitter of 'Spam Bots.' Nearly Half His Followers Are Fake. Social Media

https://time.com/6171726/elon-musk-fake-followers/
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u/jjsyk23 May 01 '22

In other news, half of all Twitter accounts are fake.

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u/atavisticfuture May 01 '22

TIME (this author's outlet) has 18.9 million followers on Twitter, yet they're lucky to break 100 likes on most of the stuff they post.

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u/SupaSlide May 01 '22

Honestly, probably most of their followers are bots trying to look legit (otherwise it's too easy to tell which account bought fake followers) because at that ratio the Twitter algorithm probably tanks their impressions due to bad performance among followers.

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u/WhoCanTell May 01 '22

Probably way more than half. I think it's been Twitter's dirty little secret for a very long time. I'm sure they're perfectly able to crack down on bot accounts, but they don't want to for fear of tanking their stock value. Because any social media company's valuation is based on active real users, and showing the emperor has no clothes would not be great for Twitter.

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u/pliney_ May 01 '22

It’s a doubled edged sword, cracking down on bots takes investment and resources and also lowers their user count. From a purely commercial point of view it doesn’t make much sense, in the short term at least.

It’ll be interesting to see if they can actually crack down bots and to what extent. To do it well would probably take some significant resources as it’s a constant battle between those making newer harder to detect bots and the people trying to get rid of them.

If they’re able to do it then what will the end result be? How much different/better/worse would Twitter be better as a social media platform?

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u/kungpowgoat May 01 '22

I remember Trump having a meltdown when Twitter did a major sweep and shut down millions of bot and fake accounts causing him to lose almost half of his “followers”. The nonstop rants about censorship came as a result.

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u/VERSOXXI May 01 '22 Silver Helpful

Half the users here are bots too, did we learn nothing from r/place?

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u/crashovercool May 01 '22 Helpful

Agreed fellow living human. That person sure has gotten him or herself into quite the predicament.

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u/youvebeenjammed May 01 '22

Darryl?

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u/SLaT4ATF May 01 '22

Data Analyzing Robot Youth Life-form?

Throwback to D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

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u/ithinarine May 01 '22

No, this is Bear...yl

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u/Rylarn_Prime May 01 '22

Life hacking!

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u/Trademeyourbacon May 01 '22

So the Dead Internet Theory?

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u/Prince_Ossomer May 01 '22

Sometimes you can look at the front page and see that one single user has somehow managed to get five posts onto it all at once. The content is almost always a repost, and the top comments are also reposts from the last time that content was posted. Nobody mentions this in the comments themselves. Possibly because the user with five posts on the front page at the same time just happens to moderate all five of those subs and has the power to remove any comments calling them out. Possibly because they simply don't care. It's still content, and a reasonable fascimile of human social interaction. And that's what we're here for.

I 100% believe this theory.

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u/MostlyNormalPersonUK May 01 '22

and the top comments are also reposts from the last time that content was posted

The first time I saw this in action I thought I was in a time loop. It was an copy of a thread from only a few days earlier and 90% of the comments were exact replicas of the earlier thread.

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u/abooth43 May 01 '22

Yea I've stumbled on a few where at first I thought people were being cheeky then I realized it was far to consistent of a copy.

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u/[deleted] May 01 '22

Thanks for rabbit hole.

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u/Sairry May 01 '22

You actually cannot even comment the name of the AI this site uses without it getting automatically removed lol

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u/PluvioShaman May 01 '22

Can you pm it to me?

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u/Sairry May 01 '22

OpenAI GPT-3 runs reddit.

Edit: Neat, it stays now

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u/Khyta May 01 '22

Seems like it, yes

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u/goofgoon May 01 '22

Point of excellent human- fellow human.

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u/niikhil May 01 '22

I concur with your statement posted above fellow human...CAPTCHA completed

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u/Veldron May 01 '22

Reminds me of the time that ERROR: WITTY_ANECDOTE_69.WAV NOT FOUND

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u/BTL_Sammy May 01 '22 edited May 02 '22

We absolutely are. I’ve seen so many accounts claiming they support one thing but that they have one little problem with the topic they are commenting on. If you click those profiles they do that in every post.

Reddit used to be the shit when it was a bunch of us fucking nerds talking and people would ask you what the fuck Reddit even was. Those days are loooong gone.

Edit: I'm glad a lot of people know what the fuck is up still! Reddit used to be where news was crack-a-fuckin-lackin' first, and when you told someone about some big story, thats when you started having to explain what the fuck reddit was. Before meme's were image macros!

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u/Natiak May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

And they make people angry, because that is how to get the most interaction. We write science fiction about sophisticated AI annihilating human population, when all it took to bring forth armegeddon were some chat bots spewing propaganda to turn us against each other.

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u/TakoyakiMan2 May 01 '22

Yesterday I was in the Boston sub and black kids committing a crime lead to sarcastic comments like "diversity is our strength" and "bLaCkS cAnT bE rAciSt"

It made me think well before I even clicked the comment thread that I'd at least see one of those comments. And lo and behold, both of them popped up.

Either no one can muster an original thought or these bots are just predictable. But its the same exact thing in every similar thread and I'm sure you can find similar patterns on all kinds of topics on reddit or any social media. It's strange as fuck and makes me think the internet in general may be more than 50% interactions with bots.

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u/pixl_graphix May 01 '22

Either no one can muster an original thought or these bots are just predictable

Why not both? How many memes have you repeated to others, for example like I just did. By putting these messages out they can become self reinforcing. An astroturf becomes a grassroots movement via its own momentum.

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u/Royal_J May 01 '22

while the bot theory is probably very true, redditors have been repeating the same lazy cliches (racism and all!) for like, a fucking decade now.

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u/niceguy191 May 01 '22

Check out r/SubSimulatorGPT2 to see how well bots are at acting like real redditors. Surprisingly well much of the time, hilariously bad the rest of the time.

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u/Holdshort7 May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

Wow those are sometimes indistinguishable. Holy shit… have we been unknowingly training bits bots this whole time?

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u/Envect May 01 '22

have we been unknowingly training bits this whole time?

You know what CAPTCHAs actually are, right?

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u/BasakaIsTheStrongest May 01 '22

“Distinguish yourself from a robot so we can figure out how to make our robots indistinguishable from humans.”

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u/VegetableNo1079 May 01 '22

That means they won't notice when everyone leaves either though. Reddit could lose half it's users but the bots would pick up the slack.

Eventually the quality of content will become so shit and a similar app will replace it and reddit will just become an entire site of bots.

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u/Whatgetslost May 01 '22

They sound remarkably similar to redditors and nothing like normal people.

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u/HoHowhatisthis May 01 '22

Open up bot subreddit

"I want a cock to burry my face in"

We are all forsaken

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u/LexusBrian400 May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

I'm OOTL on this one what happened?

Edit; thank you. We can't have anything nice

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u/HardenTheFckUp May 01 '22

Based on some of the art macros and how quickly some pictures were coordinated it was quickly very clear that the place board was run by bots.

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u/Gcarsk May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

r/place was an April fools event from 20167. The devs’ idea was to let every user place a pixel every few minutes to make a massive pixel art piece. However, it ended up being almost entirely armies of bots fighting each other to make more complex designs.

This April first, the event was rebooted, and the same issues arose.

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u/OrangeSockFires May 01 '22

How could they ever foresee that the exact same thing would happen?

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u/ThroawayPartyer May 01 '22

They claimed they would have "anti-bot" measures, but those measures were a joke. They didn't even block brand new accounts from participating.

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u/Joker2kill May 01 '22

They didn't even block brand new accounts from participating.

This was a feature, not an oversight. The whole r/place thing was a means to get more users (bots) on-boarded to make the site look better to investors for when Reddit goes public. The email verification to reduce the timer from 15m to 5m was a nice cherry on top.

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u/KevPat23 May 01 '22

Every account on reddit is a bot except you

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u/Crafty_Potatoes May 01 '22

What if you create two accounts?

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u/djnikadeemas May 01 '22

Everyone on reddit is a bot that upvotes you.

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u/Dizzel8 May 01 '22 Bravo! This

I’m sure half of everyone’s followers are fake

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u/red_rocket_lollipop May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

100% of my followers on Reddit are fake. (They are porn/bot/scam accounts)

*It is now 40% fake accounts

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u/Dakotasan May 01 '22

Ugh, don’t get me started on the thot bots

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u/xil3h May 01 '22

Aka /r/TIFU "TIFU Today my BOOBIE fell out of my shirt."

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u/PM_ME_UR_POKIES_GIRL May 01 '22

You think that's bad, check out SluttyConfessions.

Everyone single poster on there is a 19 year old girl who is currently either walking around with no panties on, or fucks older men for money, or just had a 4some behind her boyfriends back.

or for some reason is trying to fuck her own father.

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u/genreprank May 01 '22

A lot of smut is written by men...but usually because it's such a lucrative industry. So idk what they get out of doing it for free

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u/SmokayMacPot May 01 '22

Practice. I'm sure it's a great medium to even out some rough edges on their dirty, dirty story telling

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u/quntal071 May 01 '22

How can I get paid to write smut??

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u/CapableCollar May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

Amazon has this thing where people subscribe and get access to a book library they can download a bunch of and return as they want. A lot of those books are smut. Go write for Amazon.

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u/nonsensepoem May 01 '22

I guess it's what the twelve year old girls who write most of the slash fic on the internet do when they age up.

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u/Tortorak May 01 '22

My wife writes marvel fics about the winter soldier on wattpad. She has no idea I know and have been reading it. It's pretty well written all things considered. She's been more in tune with herself since she started it seems like so more power to the people who do

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u/MrDude_1 May 01 '22

Well I know what I'm going to be reading later tonight....

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u/ThatisJustNotTrue May 01 '22

And the ones that aren't bots are just horny 50yo men

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u/IHadTacosYesterday May 01 '22

You rang? Part Deux: The Sequel

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u/User-K549125 May 01 '22

check out SluttyConfessions.

Holy shit. People actually believe that stuff? One post was something like "I passed out and woke up to being fucked hard by a stranger and I liked it." I really don't think any women enjoy being raped. The commenters didn't seem to understand that. Wicked underbelly right there.

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u/sirbissel May 01 '22

What, you mean that isn't the average 19 year old woman?

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u/flaminhotcheeto May 01 '22

🥵🥵..and ... and then wut tho?? 🤪🤭

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u/das_superbus May 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

You WONT believe what happened next.

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u/Patcher404 May 01 '22

Thats actually true in this case

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u/BunnyTengoku May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

"[F]eeling kinda shy but here is my butthole"

posted to 400 different subreddits with exact same title

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u/shoe_owner May 01 '22

I'm entertained by the ones who add like two words to justify posting to a kink-specific subreddit; "Feeling kinda shy but here is my butthole, daddy," posted to r/DaughterTraining or something like that.

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u/Prince_Edward_IV May 01 '22

The discovery of the existence of that subreddit has done nothing but lower the quality of my day

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u/throwingtheshades May 01 '22

Link to my onlyfans in the comments.

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u/psychoacer May 01 '22

"My current sexfriend looks exactly like her...we've met on: shady link"

I just got this message from a user. Do you think they're real?

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u/MayorAnthonyWeiner May 01 '22

Just as real as all of those horny single women in your area

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u/hoxxxxx May 01 '22

yes they are real but we don't need girls we need to make money

sent you a link to a new crypto coin that's going to the moon, but don't tell anyone

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u/Pro_Scrub May 01 '22

Sugma male blindset

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u/MooseDroolEh May 01 '22

Thotbot was the best site when I made my first WoW character.

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u/Automatic_Ad9298 May 01 '22

I think it redirects to wowhead now.

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u/GreatName May 01 '22

Which sucks, because Thotbot was such a cleaner, google-esque experience

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u/The_Art_of_Dying May 01 '22

Hey watch how you talk about my girlfriend, she follows me because we're in love!

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u/red_rocket_lollipop May 01 '22

That is what I will call them forever now 💅🤖 Thotbots

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u/thanhpi May 01 '22

Th0tbot-3000 at your service

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u/basshead541 May 01 '22

Take the credit card and gently swipe between the butt cheeks.

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u/LordTentuRamekin May 01 '22

Then enter your 1-digit pin by pressing the butthole.

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u/CountryCumfart May 01 '22

I bet it’s zero.

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u/gopher1409 May 01 '22

Great. Now I’m gonna have to change it.

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u/Venousdata May 01 '22

Lmaoo thot bots!

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u/ShankThatSnitch May 01 '22

Just followed you, boo. You aren't alone anymore.

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u/AyatollahDan May 01 '22

You are the hero we deserve

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u/tepkel May 01 '22

Ehhhh.... I'm pretty sure the hero we deserve is "Unexpected crotch punt man".

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u/Possibly_Unreal May 01 '22

I'll give ya a real follow my comrade

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u/KnowNothingKnowsAll May 01 '22

I would follow you, but I am a bot.

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u/errer May 01 '22

…you can follow people on Reddit?

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u/najodleglejszy May 01 '22

it used to be called adding people as friends so that it would highlight their names in the wild, but when they added new reddit and profiles, they've changed it to "following".

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u/akkuj May 01 '22

I'm using old reddit and I don't even see any mention of follow/friend feature anywhere. Is it just completely disabled on the old theme?

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u/rwhitisissle May 01 '22

You can have followers on reddit? Since when?

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u/UnicornKitt3n May 01 '22

At the beginning...With my first notification of having a follower, I became SO excited. Maybe a new lady friend! I thought to myself. My mind quickly jumped to long talks about our lives and struggles as women.

....She was an it. A Thot Bot.

Oh well, I thought to myself. Whatever.

Until it happened again. And again. And again.

Is anyone even real at this point? I don’t know. Maybe we’re all Thot bots.

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u/CrapLikeThat May 01 '22

Hey UnicornKitten, we’ve been trying to reach you about our Cinco de Mayo Onlyfans discount code. This is a one day sale on all of our content and the first ten new subscribers will get a free dick rating. Don’t miss out!

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u/UnicornKitt3n May 01 '22

I DONT EVEN HAVE A DICK?!?!

I don’t even understand it. I’ve never been on OnlyFans either. I don’t even watch porn anymore!

NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY SENSE ANYMORE!

Maybe I do have a dick. I don’t know. Me from another universe with a dick is bleeding into this universe.

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u/melgish May 01 '22

You from the other universe needs to see a doctor about that.

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u/UnicornKitt3n May 01 '22

Only if other me lives in a place with socialized medicine.

....Wouldn’t want other me going bankrupt for an ingrown toenail or some shit.

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u/Herrenos May 01 '22

Now I miss the old days of world of warcraft.

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u/Agisek May 01 '22

You don't block and report them immediately?

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u/fohpo02 May 01 '22

The OF attempts to recruit are getting aggressive

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u/missed_sla May 01 '22

Go to https://www.reddit.com/settings/profile and toggle "Allow people to follow you"

You probably didn't know about it because they've deliberately left it out of the old.reddit.com prefs.

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u/GingerSnapBiscuit May 01 '22

I genuinely didn't even know "followers" was a thing on Reddit. How the fuck do I access that?

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u/zuzg May 01 '22

Judging by my followers on reddit, you're certainly right. Half of them are just bots, don't even know why bots follow someone on fucking reddit.

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u/DaTerrOn May 01 '22

I use Reddit is Fun, and have no idea what a reddit follower is, this makes me happy to not have the feature.

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u/itwasquiteawhileago May 01 '22

Same. Not even sure I've seen it on old Reddit, either. I don't need or want profiles, chat, or followers (or to follow anyone). Just let me post and be done with it.

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u/SQUID_FUCKER May 01 '22

I will never switch to new Reddit. I'll leave before I do that.

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u/Vithar May 01 '22

Made the same decision a long time ago. Feels like a waiting game, but so far it's working...

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u/SQUID_FUCKER May 01 '22

Feels like a waiting game

Haha totally agree. Sometimes it'll automatically opt me back into the redesign for no reason and I'll have to go back to my settings and switch it back. I always thought this was Reddit trying to nudge me towards it.

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u/edstatue May 01 '22

I use Relay Pro, same here. Thank God

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u/ArtisticTap4 May 01 '22

The bots following me on reddit are only fans porn bots likely looking for some horny redditor to make them fall for the scam.

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u/Zaitton May 01 '22

It's bait. If someone follows you out of nowhere you're more likely to initiate a conversation and set yourself up for a scam.

It also makes the accounts seem more genuine and thus better to spread propaganda or pass the antibot restrictions.

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u/Getlucky12341 May 01 '22

Which is stupid because no real person actually follows people on Reddit

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u/asshatastic May 01 '22

Seems like a stalking tool if anything here. They shouldn’t have added the feature.

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u/Immediate_Situation May 01 '22

Lol. Reddit don't care about quality.

It only cares about engagement.

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u/jello1388 May 01 '22

The only follow I've gotten on reddit was some dude I just had a heated exhange with. I blocked him and turned off followers.

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u/Kershiser22 May 01 '22

Not comparable. There's no reason to follow anybody on reddit. While Twitter is close to useless if you aren't following people.

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u/BigHardThunderRock May 01 '22

That's not true at all. It's the same reason you would follow people on Twitter because some people use Reddit to share their content the same way. Artists for example.

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u/izybit May 01 '22

Bots follow famous people because real people follow famous people so bots try to look less bot-y.

Second, when you follow someone they may follow back (some do it automatically) and if the account looks real (they follow same people as I do we may have common interests, etc) it's possible you will do it too.

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u/Ultramanchan May 01 '22

I’ll have you know all 0 of my followers are real

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u/tbarb00 May 01 '22

That’s his point, actually.

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u/Lord0fHats May 01 '22

This is I think a big part of the irony. Getting rid of the bots probably would make Twitter less toxic. Bots are a big part of online disinformation and influencing operations. At the same time, what is Twitter without bots? How many accounts are legitimate? I've seen people claim as many as half of all Twitter accounts aren't real.

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u/Mic1994hael May 01 '22

I mean twitter without bots is a better website, like if you could make twitter a higher quality website why wouldn’t you?

Does it matter if you lose half your “user” count if those were all fake? Your ads should go for more per view since it reaches more real people, and people should have a more enjoyable experience. I’m not the biggest Elon fanboy, but if he can successfully purge it of bots he will have done really well for the people who use it, and probably make a huge return on investment.

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u/Logothetes May 01 '22

One of Elon Musk’s top priorities for Twitter following his $44 billion deal to buy the social media company is cracking down on so-called “spam bots.” One problem with that plan. It would cut his own following nearly in half.

Why is that a problem?

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u/KickBassColonyDrop May 01 '22 Wholesome

He literally went on record in wanting the communication to be human to human. Getting rid of half his "followers" cause they're bots would be something he'd be happy about. This author's position is pretty disingenuous.

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u/z7832431 May 01 '22

Exactly - as per the article, accounts with a large following have typically 45% fake accounts following them, and Elon is at 48%.

Every popular account would see a drop in followers if all bots were banned and it would be a good thing for the platform.

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u/KickBassColonyDrop May 01 '22

Agreed. Plus, it also means that unnatural amplification of messages would be difficult as it would require actual coordination which would become obvious as opposed to some bot army being called in and amplifying content Willy nilly.

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u/Pasan90 May 01 '22

Its possible that the author sees twitter followers as a big deal and thus it must be a big deal for everyone.

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u/TheOldGods May 01 '22

Exactly the tone of the article. I wonder if some people don’t want to crack down on twitter bots because they don’t want to see their own number of followers get cut in half.

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u/[deleted] May 01 '22

I see bots leaving as an absolute win

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u/MinefieldinaTornado May 01 '22

Followers they paid for.

I just saw an content creator raging because they paid an SEO firm to drive traffic to their content, but found out the firm was using bots to meet their promised traffic goals.

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u/Dr-McLuvin May 01 '22

You guys hit the nail on the head. The people who work in online media are freaking out about this. Literally no one else cares.

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u/Toneitdownasmidge May 01 '22

Twitter follower count akin to Reddit Karma. To care is to be the fool.

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u/stonesst May 01 '22

Welcome to every front page post on r/technology...

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u/buckymalone20 May 01 '22

This journalist can only thing in terms of followers. For him losing the bots would be a bad thing so he assumes Elon must feel the same.

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u/y_nnis May 01 '22 Gold All-Seeing Upvote

It's not. Yellow press creates a non-issue so they can clickbait. Slow cycle.

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u/sbay May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

But why these shitty articles make it on r/Technology ? A testament I guess that this subreddit has went to shit.

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u/alexmijowastaken May 01 '22 edited May 01 '22

All default reddit subs have been shit for at least several years, maybe due to a shit userbase and/or powertripping/agenda pushing mods

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u/mainvolume May 01 '22

I think the whole Ellen Pao thing started the beginning of the end of this website. And the Boston bomber shit.

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u/y_nnis May 01 '22

I have to agree with the sentiment. I follow to read about tech. Not Bezos, not Musk, not the business deals if it's about how much money a deal made instead of what's in it for developing new tech.

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u/stonesst May 01 '22

It seems like the main people who upvote these stories both hate and don’t understand technology. As other have said, default subs have become nearly useless over the last several years.

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u/bminus May 01 '22

Spam bots are why misinformation campaigns are so effective. It’s a huge problem

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u/ActualAdvice May 01 '22

Well it won’t be good for twitter likely.

The true user numbers are going to be much lower.

People want to be heard where others are- that’s why people jump on the latest trend.

Twitter isn’t the latest trend

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u/BigRed323 May 01 '22

Yep bots increase real engagement numbers

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u/Krisapocus May 01 '22 This

And push narratives.

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u/Nokomis34 May 01 '22

This is my take. The ability to push fake news would greatly diminish.

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u/The_Second_Best May 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

It won't be good for Twitter in the short term, but if they want to have long term relevance getting rid of bots and spam accounts is really important.

It's definitely not a good thing, but I imagine that twitter is going to shift towards authenticated accounts in the way FB is run so they can more closely track you as a person and not just the anonymous person tweeting.

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u/Londonforce May 01 '22

Ya, that's kind of the point.

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u/jakobburns01 May 01 '22

Idk why this is on the top of the news page(at least for me) seems like a pretty reasonable and not newsworthy thing

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u/IanMazgelis May 01 '22

You are on a site where the average user takes a school bus home.

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u/4347 May 01 '22

Because Rocket Man bad

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u/N-Bluth May 01 '22

The fact that time.com thinks this is a problem says a bit about them

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u/XenuIsTheSavior May 01 '22

They have 18 million "followers" but the content gets like 5 retweets, tells you all you need to know.

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u/SuperJ002 May 01 '22

I Don't think that bothers him if he would lose half his followers, a lot of people would lose followers.

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u/koyima May 01 '22

It doesn't bother him, the article just makes it sound like it does

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u/spoobydoo May 01 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

The author is the type of person who would get upset at seeing their follower count decrease. They assume everyone else is like them.

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u/scooterboo2 May 01 '22

No kidding, look at this girl's articles https://time.com/author/megan-mccluskey/

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u/Scientiam May 01 '22

Oh god, I recognize that name, her articles trend every now and then for their absurdity. Likely just clickbaiting but looks like they let anyone write these days.

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u/GeneticsGuy May 01 '22

I think he'd be happy to lose half his fake followers. This is a weird framing of article.

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u/Timberwolf501st May 01 '22

I don't like Musk, but his moves are likely going to disrupt a lot of systems (and therefore money) in place. Seeing how radically and unnecessary the narrative has been spun against his moves if anything give credence to his stance and actions. If he, or anyone, is able to successfully remove bots from a large social media platform it would greatly increase my chances of making an account there as it would make artificially influencing the narrative on the platform much more difficult to do. I hope he is successful in this.

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u/workinprogress49 May 01 '22

Anyone else find it kind of suspicious how news outlets are trying to pivot getting rid of bots on Twitter as a bad thing?

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u/CyberHaxer May 01 '22

Good. Who cares about follower count when everyone has fake followers. This will show us who actually has a real fanbase.

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u/SkiBagTheBumpGod May 01 '22

Probably why every hardcore politician is freaking out. They know half of their twitter followers are heavily inflated by bots, and Musk doing this would shrink their “fanbase”, therefore making them realize they were just preaching and screaming at the clouds for the most part on twitter

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u/Griever08 May 01 '22

I'm sure he's aware it will lower his amount too

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u/raidriar889 May 01 '22

Nearly half of everyone else’s followers are fake too. Is this supposed to be some kind of burn against Elon Musk?

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u/Fean2616 May 01 '22

Maybe he doesn't want fake followers?

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u/QueenRedditSnoo May 01 '22

I AM A TOTALLY REAL HUMAN FOLLOWER LIKE YOU, FELLOW HUMAN.

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u/the_malabar_front May 01 '22

[Mark Zuckerberg has entered the chat]

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u/qualmmm May 01 '22

I think it’s pretty important to watch the reactions of businesses and companies while this all goes down. The more we see people defending the use of bots on social media, the more we should be suspicious of their intentions.

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u/CaptainJanewayCoffee May 01 '22

While most bots are malicious in some way, I will be disappointed when APIs are officially inaccessible. It used to be free and easy to connect up to Twitters data. That allowed for fun projects but also transparency since anyone in the world could track tweets (in a somewhat limited way) and make their own analysis.

But now social medias APIs are all but inaccessible. Twitter has the easiest sign up process but it's still a pain.

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u/UniDublin May 01 '22

The Bot Reckoning...so many people despondent over the realization they have been ranting at clouds.

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u/Tr3nchWar May 01 '22

And? I really doubt he gives a fuck, even when they're gone.

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u/google_search_expert May 01 '22 Starry Brighten My Day

This is the worst headline yet. Everyone with any real number of followers will have a ton of fake ones; twitter admitted they have a major bot issue and have been inflating numbers for years. To put this in the title is so stupidly biased that I don't even know what to say. The melt down over Musk is so revealing.

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u/vyratus May 01 '22

Even on the gram 20-30% of most large accounts followers are fake accounts

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u/IAmTaka_VG May 01 '22

Every social media platform is way more than 20-30%. This isn’t a twitter problem.

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u/jakobburns01 May 01 '22

I know, I don’t like the guy but not everything he does with twitter is news

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u/NGG_Dread May 01 '22

Half of most “celebrity” followers are probably fake lol. Seems disingenuous to imply it’s only Elon.

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u/JRockThumper May 01 '22

That’s exactly why he’s getting rid of spam bots lol

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u/MrFreddybones May 01 '22

Why he's planning to at least. It'll be interesting watching the spam bots evolve to make it harder and harder to ban them with an algorithm without a ton of false positives getting actual people banned in droves... not to mention the Chinese having a vast army of real people posting their propaganda.

What we're really about to find out is whether it was possible all along and social media companies just leave them there to pad the user numbers or if the bots really are unstoppable.

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u/[deleted] May 01 '22

I’m no Elon fan but whoever wrote this article needs to stop trying to be a journalist.

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u/MasturbatingMiles May 01 '22

That’s why he wants to get rid of them, he’s not buying followers. He just wants accurate numbers.

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u/maaseru May 01 '22

Are they trying to shame this because if they do it then they lose fake followers? Like what is the position here?

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u/Londonforce May 01 '22 This

I love how reddit dislikes Elon so much that they portray getting rid of botnets in a negative light.

If he actually takes steps to combat bots to the detriment of his own follower count, I would say that is a great thing.

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u/GingerBread79 May 01 '22

People act like if you don’t like a person then you have to denounce everything they do/say…like yeah fuck Elon Musk but getting rid of bots on social media would be a good thing.

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u/[deleted] May 01 '22 Helpful

Can r/technology not turn into a musk stan/hater site please ? Every second article here is musk this musk that. there's more to Tech news than him and his public toilet purchase.

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u/Ethiconjnj May 01 '22

Reddit has been doing this with sanders, bezos, zuckerberg, Amazon, AOC etc for years. As long the topic is emotionally charged enough the moderation team won’t do shit

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u/donwilson May 01 '22

Sounds like a good reason to get rid of them then

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u/JDKett May 01 '22

It'll equalize the people who think they are actually popular