Elon Musk Says Twitter Legal Team Told Him He Broke His NDA By Revealing Its Sample Size For Fake Accounts

Elon Musk says he was told by Twitter’s legal team that he violated their NDA.

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  • Tesla founder Elon Musk revealed that Twitter’s sample size for checking fake accounts is 100.
  • Musk “violated” his NDA by disclosing the sample size, he claims he was told by Twitter’s legal team.
  • Twitter users are “being manipulated” by its algorithm which has “potential bugs”, he later tweeted.
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Elon Musk claimed he was told by Twitter’s legal team that he had breached the terms of his non-disclosure agreement after revealing the company’s sample size for reviewing fake accounts.

Twitter announced an agreement to sell the company to Tesla’s founder on April 25. But Musk said on Friday that his $44 billion (R711 billion) acquisition is “temporarily on hold” while he awaits clarity on the number of spam accounts.

In a tweet on Saturday, Musk said his team would run its own random sample of 100 Twitter accounts. developer on Twitter that chose 100 random accounts to measure the number of spam accounts as “that’s what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate accounts."

Revealing the size of Twitter’s sample appears to have gotten Musk into trouble, as he said on Saturday that sharing this information meant he had “violated” his non-disclosure agreement, Twitter’s legal team had told him.

Since then, Musk seems to target the Twitter algorithm, narration users are “being manipulated” and warn of “potential bugs” in their code.

The billionaire after cleared up: “I’m not suggesting malice in the algorithm, rather it is trying to guess what you might want to read and in doing so inadvertently manipulate/amplify your views without you realizing this is happening.”

The SpaceX founder and chief executive appeared to have turned his attention to the rocket company when he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday at his site in Boca Chica, Texas.

Musk reportedly told Widodo that he would “hopefully” visit Indonesia in November to discuss investment opportunities in the country that has a wealth of natural resources, including nickel, copper and tin.

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