Elon Musk says Twitter’s legal team told him he violated an NDA

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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May 14 (Reuters) – Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that the legal team at Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) accused him of breaching a non-disclosure agreement by revealing that the sample size for verifications of the social media platform on automated users was 100.

“Twitter’s legal department just called to complain they violated their NDA by disclosing that the bot verification sample size is 100!” tweeted Musk, chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O).

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

When one user asked Musk to “expand the bot account filtering process,” he replied, “I chose 100 as the number of samples because that’s what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate".

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Reporting by Rachna Dhanrajani in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Richard Chang

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