Big Tech is trembling in fear after a Republican attorney general launched this investigation

Big Tech thought they could run wild with Joe Biden in office.

They just got hit with a devastating reality check.

Now they’re trembling in fear after a Republican attorney general launched this investigation.

The life blood of Big Tech’s social media platforms are the active users on them.

The number of active users determines how valuable a company is to advertisers and for the major players what its stock price should be.

But in the world of Big Tech, figuring out the number of users on a platform is a shot in the dark.

Bot accounts are the fake users found on social media platforms which are created by automated software applications and spam accounts.

Just how many of these accounts there are that pump up the user base numbers is an open question.

Now the number of real accounts on Twitter has become a sticking point in Elon Musk’s deal to buy the platform.

Twitter says that fake accounts are less than 5% of users while other reports claim that it could be as high as 20%.

A higher number of users could make the company appear more valuable than it actually is to advertisers. 

Musk claims that Twitter’s leadership is “actively resisting and thwarting” efforts by his team to verify how many fake accounts are on it.

This stone walling has thrown a monkey wrench on Musk’s plans of returning free speech to the social media giant.

Now he’s getting an unexpected assist from a Republican attorney general who joined the fight.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched an investigation into Twitter claiming that the company is underreporting the number of fake accounts on the platform.

Paxton’s office issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to the company to see if Twitter is in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The investigation will look into whether Twitter’s calculations of fake users is “false, misleading, or deceptive” under the law.

The CID asked Twitter to hand over documents on how they calculate and manage user data along with how that affects advertising on the platform.

Twitter has until June 27th to comply with Paxton’s demands.

In a statement, Paxton explained the reason for the surprising move.

“Texans rely on Twitter’s public statements that nearly all its users are real people. It matters not only for regular Twitter users, but also Texas businesses and advertisers who use Twitter for their livelihoods,” said Attorney General Paxton. “If Twitter is misrepresenting how many accounts are fake to drive up their revenue, I have a duty to protect Texans.”

“Bot accounts can not only reduce the quality of users’ experience on the platform but may also inflate the value of the company and the costs of doing business with it, thus directly harming Texas consumers and businesses,” Paxton added.

Paxton provided an unexpected assist to Elon Musk in his pursuit of the true number of fake accounts on Twitter. 

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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