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Elon Musk says Twitter's legal team told him he violated a non-disclosure agreement

Elon Musk says Twitter’s legal team told him he violated a non-disclosure agreement

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening ceremony of the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, China, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Song

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May 14 (Reuters) – Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday (TWTR.N) The legal team accused him of violating a nondisclosure agreement by revealing that the sample size for the social media platform’s checks on automated users was 100.

“Twitter legal has been summoned to complain that I violated their non-disclosure agreement by revealing that the bot scan sample size is 100!” Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla, tweeted (TSLA.O).

Musk tweeted Friday that his $44 billion cash deal to make the company private is “temporarily on hold” while he awaits data on the percentage of its fake accounts. Read more

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He said his team will test a “random sample of 100 followers” on Twitter to identify the bots. His response to an accusation question sparked Twitter.

When a user asked Musk to “clarify the bot filter process,” he replied, “I chose 100 as the number for the sample size, because that’s what Twitter uses for a <5% fake/spam/duplicate account."

musk chirp During the early hours of Sunday morning, he had yet to see “any” analysis showing that the social media company had fake accounts below 5%.

He later said that “there is a possibility that it is more than 90% of daily active users.”

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Additional reporting by Javier Singh Shekhat and Rachna Dhanrajani in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman, Richard Chang and David Evans

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