What went wrong with Tay, the Twitter bot that turned racist?

Of late, we’ve been hearing about Twitter bots in the news due to the whole saga of Elon Musk buying Twitter. One of the reasons the deal took so long to pan out was Musk’s concerns about the number of spam bots running rampant on the platform. While Musk believes that bots make up more than 20% of accounts on Twitter, Twitter states that the number of bots on its platform is marginal.

So, what’s this Twitter bot thing?

A Twitter bot is essentially a Twitter account controlled by software automation rather than an actual human. It is programmed to behave like regular Twitter




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