Twitter has downplayed the spread of fake accounts on its platform, holding that "false or spam" accounts make up less than 5% of its user base. Independent researchers said the number could be three times higher. That discrepancy could now affect the outcome of Elon Musk's $44 billion cash deal.

Researchers estimate that anywhere from 9% to 15% of the millions of Twitter profiles are automated accounts. It did not specify how that figure accounted for the automated, parody and pseudonymous profiles permitted on the platform. Questions about the role bots play in spreading misinformation have dogged all social media platforms.

Meta estimates that about 11% are "duplicate" accounts in which a single user maintains more than one account. Twitter's rules do bar impersonation and spam, meaning "fake" accounts are banned if the company determines that their purpose is to "deceive or manipulate others" Twitter has invested in clearing out spam accounts.
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