Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend that Twitter's legal team accused him of violating a nondisclosure agreement by revealing that the sample size for the social media platform's checks on automated users was 100.
"Twitter legal just called to complain that I violated their NDA by revealing the bot check sample size is 100!" tweeted Musk, chief executive of electric car maker Tesla.
Musk on Friday (US time) tweeted that his US$44 billion cash deal to take the company private was "temporarily on hold" while he awaited data on the proportion of its fake accounts.
He said his team would test "a random sample of 100 followers" on Twitter to identify the bots. His response to a question prompted Twitter's accusation.
When a user asked Musk to "elaborate on process of filtering bot accounts", he replied: "I picked 100 as the sample size number, because that is what Twitter uses to calculate <5% fake/spam/duplicate."
Musk tweeted during the early hours of Sunday that he is yet to see "any" analysis that shows that the social media company has fake accounts less than 5 percent.
He later said: "There is some chance it might be over 90% of daily active users."