Today our blog community of skeptics takes a critical look at a local political celebrity and his connection to a social media corporate controversy.
Potential buyer Elon Musk calls out Twitter over bots and that inspired a TKC reader to question the veracity of Kander's legion of fans.
To be fair, there's no denying that Mr. Kander has a solid base of support given his many talk show appearances and nationally televised news stories which have focused on his political journey.
However, on Facebook he only hosts about 67K followers, on Instagram his followers number around 29k and other outlets like Youtube only show about 2k people following his accounts.
Again, in fairness, that following dwarfs the number of folks who give a damn about TKC. And the reality is that we have attempted to chase more readers away with our snark rather than endure so many random weirdos lurking the Internets.
Nevertheless . . .
Here's the word . . .
"Does anyone really think there are 378,000 people following Jason Kander?!!! It's absurd. What is going on? Do people really think 400,000 people follow a dorky guy from Missiouri with political aspirations?"
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Elon Musk has expressed skepticism at Twitter's willingness to address the presence of bots on their platform. Asked about his negotiations with the social media company, Musk expressed frustration with the platform's lack of transparency on bot users. "I'm worried that Twitter has a disincentive to reduce spam, as it reduces perceived daily users," Musk said.
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Elon Musk's proposed $44 billion purchase of Twitter appears to be wobbling, with the billionaire raising concerns about the number of inauthentic accounts, or bots, on the social media platform. If you're on Twitter, chances are you've encountered a bot, although you may not know it.
You decide . . .