Scammers have become prominent since the digital space started taking over, often appearing on ads and social media posts. Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, recently called out the number of scammers through the contemporary format loved by millions: memes.
On Tuesday, Musk pointed out that YouTube videos were becoming a breeding ground for scam ads through his Twitter. His comment came out a day after Musk threatened to revoke his $44 billion Twitter bid after the company refused to let him conduct an independent review of all the scam and bot accounts on the social media platform.
The SpaceX founder later followed up his tweet with a Spongebob Squarepants meme aimed at YouTube for not moderating the number of spam ads.
Musk’s calling out should come as no surprise as he has always been vocal in his anti-bot and anti-spam sentiments on Twitter.
During his initial SEC filing, Elon Musk shared his desire to privatize the company to maintain itself as a free speech platform. He also shared that part of the maintenance would be dedicated to reducing the number of fake accounts.
The social media platform stated that only 5% of users are spam or bot accounts, but Musk and others claim that the number is higher. Through the years, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have seen an increase in the number of spam advertisements.
While YouTube prohibits users from uploading content with deceptive practices or content that is meant to deceive others into leaving YouTube for another site filled with misleading advertisements.
Parent company Google has an advertisement policy that enforces similar prohibitions, but a number of fake advertisements still manage to bypass its anti-scam policies.
Content creators echoed the SpaceX founder’s sentiments, including YouTuber Mr. Beast.
“I’ve gotten fake ads of me giving away money at least a thousand times and feel bad for the hundreds of thousands of people that have been scammed,” the YouTuber replied to Musk’s tweet. “I’ve been screaming at them for forever to figure this out.”
Elon Musk’s frustration has led people to wonder if he would also attempt to acquire YouTube. His Twitter deal is on hold for now, but Musk remains determined to acquire the social media platform.
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