Elon Musk disclosed through Twitter on May 14 that Twitter’s legal team had contacted him and notified him that he had breached a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). The infringement appears to have involved how Twitter checks for bot accounts.
Musk tweeted, “Twitter legal just called to complain that I broke their NDA by exposing the sample size of the bot to be 100!” This really occurred. “
This occurred while Musk was in the process of negotiating his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter and during discussions over public findings, including the number of bot users or accounts on the platform. One of the first promises Musk made after announcing his intention to acquire Twitter was to remove these accounts from the platform.
Following an internal investigation, Twitter informed Musk that bot accounts account for less than 5% of its users.
“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting computation that spam/fake accounts represent in fact fewer than 5% of users,” Musk then tweeted.
This number is far below what many, including Musk, anticipated. Musk then tweeted about how Twitter came up with this number and tried to confirm it himself.
Musk tweeted on May 14 that his team would conduct a random sample of 100 Twitter followers. Moreover, he encouraged others to do the same.
Musk allegedly broke the Twitter NDA when he tweeted, “I chose 100 as the sample size because that’s the number Twitter uses to figure out 5% fake, spam, or duplicate accounts.”
After returning to Twitter, Musk reaffirmed his commitment to purchasing the platform.