The public has been aware of the negative influence of bots and fakes on Twitter’s discussion for some years now. Some estimated that 15% of all the accounts on the platform are fake or bots while others expect much larger numbers.
Earlier this month, Twitter removed some twenty-thousand fake accounts. They were supposedly linked to the Serbian, Saudi Arabian, Egypt, and Indonesian governments and violated company policy. Their tweets were aimed to influence the political conversation in those and nearby countries.
It’s very hard to estimate the total number of bots on the platform, but, hopefully, Twitter will take up some serious actions in order to detect and remove bots that violate Twitter’s policies.