Twitter AI bot suspended after Elon Musk calls it a scam crypto account.
Twitter Inc has suspended the account of an AI-powered bot named ‘Explain this Bob’ after Elon Musk claimed it was a fraudulent cryptocurrency account.
Musk made this allegation in response to a tweet from the bot and the account was suspended soon after. Before the ‘Explain this Bob’ account was deactivated, over 400,000 people followed the bot on Twitter and supported its BOB coin, claiming that it was not a scam and that the suspension was unjustified. The #FREEBOB hashtag began circulating on Twitter, and the project’s team even published a meme of Musk looking at Bob (the main character behind the bot) in prison.
— Bob (@BobEthToken) June 18, 2023
Musk’s statement sparked a wave of controversy not only because of the ban on ‘Explain this Bob’, but also because of his change of opinion. Previously, Musk had supported the bot and seemed to really like it.
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I love Bob
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2023
‘Explain this Bob’ is an AI bot powered by its own BOB coin and the BobSwap exchange. Created by Prabhu Biswal, a programmer from India, the bot employs the model of Open AI’s GPT-4. It used to reply to everyone on Twitter who tagged its account, providing an answer to any inquiry.
The official website of the bot states:
“Everyone loves Bob. Elon loves Bob. Even Bob loves Bob. He simply knows it all. When in doubt, ask Bob. He is here for you. In his humble demeanor, he will blow you away. Why even go see your doctor if you have Bob, your wife or husband are giving you trouble, see Bob. You have constipation, see Bob. You don’t know where you are going in life, see Bob. I mean let’s be real here. Who doesn’t like Bob. His giga brain is too sizeable for the average Joe.”
The ‘Explain this Bob’ bot has its own ERC-20 meme coin, Bob Token (BOB). Since its launch in April, BOB has skyrocketed in price, with most of the surge attributed to Musk’s support of the coin. At the time, Prabhu Biswal commented:
“Before the token came out, the backend cost for the bot was around $50, but now it is costing more than $3,000 per month. The team gave me the freedom to use a more powerful AI model. I’m already working on developing Bob on other platforms like Telegram, Discord and Reddit, which will increase the backend cost even more. It wouldn’t have been possible for me to handle this cost before the BOB token and without my team.”
Following the suspension of the AI bot, the price of BOB coin has dropped. As of now, BOB is trading at $0.0000194. The 24-hour trading volume of the coin has also decreased by 43.60%.