Bot battle: The tech that could decide Twitter’s Musk lawsuit

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San Francisco (AFP) – If Twitter’s lawsuit over Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout bid ever reaches trial, the case will likely center on a ubiquitous and often unloved technology: bots. The information Twitter has or has not provided on its tally of fake or spam accounts is Musk’s stated reason for backing away from the deal — a move that prompted the firm to sue him this week. Here’s a closer look at the complications around bot accounts, and how they would be key in deciding the case. Good bot, bad botAt a basic level, “bots” are software programs that do automated tasks online, often with the…

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