Twitter’s CEO Dorsey Asked to Step Aside Amid New Reports on Prevelence of Fake Bot Accounts

Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Jack Dorsey is facing calls to abandon his role as CEO of the embattled social media network amid a bot scandal and a lack of robust user growth.

Earlier this month, University of Southern California and Indiana University issued a research report that showed as many as 15% of Twitter accounts are actually algorithms doing all that tweeting and retweetingThis figure is nearly twice that of Twitter’s own estimate that as many as 8.5% of its user accounts are botsThat’s is particularly troublesome for Twitter since its already having a tough time with advertisers.

Dorsey Returned to Turn Company Around Dorsey returned to the helm in 2015 with a charge to turn around the struggling social media network, and since then there’s been more bad news for Twitter: Twitter’s revenue was hurt by weak advertising sales, totaling just $638 million, marking a slight annual declineThe poor earnings results and the bot scandal comes amid concerns by advertisers about the placements of ads on Twitter.