Musk says Twitter accused him of violating NDA after tweeting their bot review process

Elon Musk has been told by Twitter’s legal team that he has breached a nondisclosure agreement after previously tweeting about how the company monitors bot accounts, he tweeted on Saturday.

“Twitter legal just called to complain that I violated their NDA by revealing the sample size of the bot check is 100!” Musk tweeted: “This really happened.”

Musk is in the process of finalizing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter and is considering public filings, including the number of bot users on the platform, which he has promised to remove once he takes control of the company.

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After an internal review, Twitter told Musk that bot accounts make up less than 5 percent of its users.

“Twitter deal temporarily suspended pending details to support calculation that spam/fake accounts indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted.

Elon Musk is seen arriving at the Met Gala 2022 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)

Elon Musk is seen arriving at the Met Gala 2022 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images) (Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images/Getty Images)

The minuscule figure is well below expectations for anyone who uses the platform regularly, including Musk, who followed up on his tweet by sharing how Twitter reached the figure.

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Elon Musk

Musk is in the process of finalizing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter and is considering public filings, including the number of bot users on the platform, which he has promised to remove once he takes control of the company. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“To find out, my team will randomly sample 100 @twitter followers. I invite others to repeat the same process and see what they discover,” he tweeted, when someone on the platform requested Musk “Work out a little bit about the Process.”

“Any sensible random sampling process is fine. If many people independently get similar results for %fake/spam/duplicate accounts, that will be telling. I chose 100 as the sample size because that’s what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate," Musk said.

The next day, Musk shared the alleged NDA violation.

Musk is often critical of the platform, once telling users that they were “manipulated” by the algorithm in ways they “don’t realize.”

Twitter on a desktop computer

FILE – The login/sign-in screen for a Twitter account can be seen on a laptop on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File/AP Newsroom)

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Amid the controversy, Tesla’s CEO said he is still “still committed” to the Twitter purchase.

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