Scammers are now more prevalent than ever before, using ads and social media posts to lure people in. Elon Musk recently called out these scammers through a form of content loved by millions: memes
Elon Musk tweeted about YouTube videos being a breeding ground for scam ads last Tuesday. His comment came out just a day after he threatened to revoke his $44 billion bid if they wouldn’t let him conduct an independent review on all bots and fake accounts.
Elon Musk later followed up his tweet with a Spongebob Squarepants meme aimed at YouTube for not moderating the number of spam ads.
The SpaceX founder has always been vocal about his anti-bot and spam sentiments on Twitter.
Elon Musk’s plan to maintain a free speech platform would be by privatizing the company. He also revealed that part of their maintenance includes reducing fake accounts, which is an important step in maintaining freedom for everyone who uses Twitter.
Musk has been fighting against spam on Twitter for years, but it seems to be getting worse. The social media platform claims that only 5% of users are bots or spammers; however, many people believe this number may be bigger.
YouTube has rules against uploading content that is meant to deceive others into leaving the site and taking them to another page with misleading advertisements.. However, people have found ways around these.
Google’s advertising policies are a step in the right direction, but there is still room for improvement, especially with the number of scammers today.
Content creators are echoing the sentiments of the SpaceX founder, 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.”
When Elon Musk’s frustration led people to wonder if he would also attempt acquiring YouTube, the SpaceX CEO’s Twitter deal is on hold for now but he remains determined to acquire the social media platform.
Elon Musk Voices YouTube Frustration With a Spongebob Meme on Twitter