Elon Musk recently put his bid to purchase social media giant Twitter on hold. Musk cited a desire to look into Twitter’s internal calculation that fake, spam, and bot accounts make up less than 5% of the site’s user base. In doing so, Elon violated a non-disclosure agreement he signed with the company.
The Tesla boss claimed that Twitter’s legal team informed him of the breach after he revealed the company’s internal estimate on fake user accounts. Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter’s lawyers called him to complain about the violation. Elon had revealed that the sample size Twitter used during their bot audit was only 100 accounts.
“Twitter legal just called to complain that I violated their NDA by revealing the bot check sample size is 100!
This actually happened.”
Musk announced that his bid to purchase the company had been accepted just a month ago. Elon became interested in buying the company after he pointed out what he said were violations of freedom of speech. Many have speculated that Elon Musk has ulterior motives.
The purchase of Twitter is still up in the air. Many within the company were appalled when the deal to allow Elon Musk’s takeover was accepted. The two sides have had very different approaches to how the company should be run.
It is unknown how things would be affected if Elon Musk did violate a signed non-disclosure agreement. Either of the parties could be getting cold feet about the deal. For now, Elon continues to try and figure out what he thinks would be best as the purchase sits in a state of flux.
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