What ‘Human Authentication’ Really Means

“Over the last several months of the ongoing Twitter/Elon Musk lawsuit, Musk and his lawyers continually interrogated Twitter on its process for analyzing spam or ‘bot’ accounts. Now that Musk’s acquisition is complete, we can expect major shifts at the social media platform, including changes to the process of “authenticating all real humans” as Musk suggests, in order to combat the rise of bots which has been a bane of Twitter’s existence for years.”

I am not sure I agree with the author’s conclusion that human authentication can be achieved without compromising privacy, but I learned a lot from this article.

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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