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

Mr Elon Musk tweeted that his US$44 billion cash deal to take the company private was "temporarily on hold". PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Mr Elon Musk on Saturday (May 14) said that Twitter Inc's legal team accused him of violating a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by revealing that the sample size for the social media platform's checks on automated users was 100.

"Twitter legal just called to complain that I violated their NDA by revealing the bot check sample size is 100!" tweeted Mr Musk, chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc.

Mr Musk on Friday tweeted that his US$44 billion (S$61 billion) cash deal to take the company private was "temporarily on hold" while he awaited data on the proportion of its fake accounts.

He said his team would test "a random sample of 100 followers" on Twitter to identify the bots. His response to a question prompted Twitter's accusation.

When a user asked Mr Musk to "elaborate on process of filtering bot accounts," he replied: "I picked 100 as the sample size number, because that is what Twitter uses to calculate 5% fake/spam/duplicate."

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