AI bot suspended on Twitter after Elon Musk calls it a ‘scam crypto’.

Twitter suspended the account of “Explain This Bob,” a popular AI bot connected to a meme coin, after Elon Musk called it a “scam.”

Musk tweeted in response to a tweet by the bot, saying “This sure looks like a scam crypto account. If so, it will be suspended.” The account appeared to be suspended soon after his tweet.

“Explain This Bob” was an automated Twitter account that used OpenAI’s latest large multimodal model GPT-4 to understand and reply to tweets by users who tagged the account. The account gained popularity on Twitter in late April for its witty summaries and humorous responses to tweets. Even Musk replied to the bot in April, saying “I love bob.”

Musk has engaged with the Bob bot several times. In June, he tweeted “Once again, Bob nails it,” in response to a political discussion.

Another Twitter bot called @AskTheWassie, which functioned similarly to “Explain This Bob,” was also suspended after Musk warned that the promotion of scams leads to suspension.

The “Explain This Bob” bot was also linked to the ERC-20 meme coin called Bob Token (BOB), which was launched in April. CoinGecko data shows that the token has taken a hit following the suspension of its affiliated bot account. It is currently trading at $0.00001901, down by around 13% over the past day.

Crypto Community Asks Musk to Free Bob

Since the suspension, some in the crypto community have asked Musk to lift the ban and reinstate the bot account. The team behind the Bob token has also shared a meme of Musk monitoring a distraught “Bob” in prison with the hashtag “FREEBOB.”

Crypto influencer @CryptoDefiLord claimed that “Explain This Bob” was a “good bot” and “the only meme project whose utility I appreciated.”

Another Twitter user said, “CT’s most talked and beloved meme project is still in the gulag. Will $BOB be free this week? Hopefully we see further clarity from Elon over the coming days.”

Musk’s recent move comes just days after the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) accused leading social media platforms, including Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube, of enabling scams related to digital assets. In a report, the watchdog emphasized that social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok maintain loose policies, which allow scammers to target unsuspecting teenagers.