London / 15.05.2022 16:42:52
Elon Musk said on Saturday that Twitter’s legal team accused him of violating a confidentiality agreement by revealing that the sample size for the social media platform’s checks on automated users was 100.
“Twitter lawyers just called to complain that I violated their NDA by revealing the bot’s verification sample size is 100!” Musk, CEO of electric carmaker Tesla, tweeted.
Musk said on Friday that his $44 billion cash purchase deal was “temporarily on hold” while he awaits data on the proportion of his fake accounts. The executive said his team would test “a random sample of 100 followers” on Twitter to identify bots. His response to a question prompted Twitter’s accusation.
When a user asked Musk to “elaborate on the bot account filtering process,” he replied, “I chose 100 as the sample size number, because that’s what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicates." .
Any sensible random sampling process is fine. If many people independently get similar results for % of fake/spam/duplicate accounts, that will be telling.
I picked 100 as the sample size number, because that is what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2022
Musk tweeted early Sunday morning that he has yet to see “any” analytics showing the social media company has less than 5% fake accounts. He later said “there’s some chance it’s more than 90% of daily active users.”