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16.May.22 6:39 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
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Twitter accuses Elon Musk in leaking of sensitive data

Twitter accuses its potential buyer Elon Musk of failing to comply with a non-disclosure agreement. Musk previously revealed that the sample size for a check for fake accounts at the social media platform is one hundred users by default. That would have exposed sensitive information.

The Tesla CEO himself announced that he had been approached by the company's legal team.

Musk has already agreed with the Board of Twitter to buy the company for 44 billion dollars (more than 42 billion euros) and take it off the stock exchange. On Friday, he announced that he first wants more clarity on the number of spam accounts at the messaging service. Earlier this month, an official Twitter document showed that less than 5 percent of daily users are spam accounts. The number of active users is important for potential profitability, because spam accounts do not respond to advertising.

Musk said his team would test "a random sample of 100 followers" on Twitter to identify fake accounts. He said he chose that number because Twitter always bases its calculations for fake accounts on this sample size as well. With that last comment, Musk would thus have violated secrecy.

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