Inundated: Blue Tick Bots Swarm X, User Reports Confirm

When Elon Musk took control of Twitter, one of the first major decisions he made was to monetize the blue tick. People could now pay the sum of 8 dollars on a month to month basis for the purposes of gaining the tick and setting themselves apart. Musk rationalized this by saying that it would decrease the number of bots operating on the platform, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, it appears to have had the exact opposite effect.

User complaints on X as well as on Threads (by Parker Molloy of Media Matters) showed search results on the social media platform that revealed countless Blue Tick users repeating a phrase used by ChatGPT when it’s asked to do something that violates OpenAI policy.

Uproar on Twitter as Blue Tick users run rampant, disregarding OpenAI guidelines en masse.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Musk is already suing Media Matters for defamation. This came after they publicized ads that were posted next to hate speech, which made the already crumbling platform suffer even more greatly as advertisers left en masse.
Many of the accounts that are posting these phrases are actually abandoned profiles that seem to have been brought back to life. This prompted one user to theorize that X itself is behind the phenomenon, with the company allegedly using AI to keep these accounts active in order to make its metrics seem more favorable than might have been the case otherwise.

Whether or not X is behind these bots, someone or the other is certainly using ChatGPT to run them automatically with all things having been considered and taken into account. This seems to refute Musk’s assertion that forcing users to pay for the platform is the best way to remove bots entirely.

The company is currently claiming to have 550 million monthly active users, but they might not be telling the whole story. Many of these so-called users might actually be bots, and if this is exposed, it might bring the company crashing down.

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