Update: Twitter shares have rebounded, erasing half its losses, after CEO Jack Dorsey retweets that the 70 million ‘bot’ users removed from his platform were not included in the company’s metrics…
Some context around the recent WaPo article on us https://t.co/hD1oWE3Ons
— jack (@jack) July 9, 2018
If we removed 70M accounts from our reported metrics, you would hear directly from us. This article reflects us getting better at improving the health of the service. Look forward to talking more on our earnings call July 27!
— Ned Segal (@nedsegal) July 9, 2018
And right on time, JPMorgan defends the firm, saying “buy on weakness.”
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Well, what did you expect?
After slashing users at a rate of 1mm per day – removing as many as 20% of the total – it appears shareholders are questioning the smoke and mirrors they have been sold by Jack Dorsey at Twitter…
This is the biggest drop since March – for the company that was up 93% year-to-date before today.
As Bloomberg notes, Twitter rose 6.8% last week, coinciding with a positive note from Wells Fargo analyst Peter Stabler, touting the company’s success with video content and improved monetization efficiency.
The social platform’s “high valuation is expecting continued momentum in user growth and engagement that they have seen over the past several quarters,” Waral said.
But now, the “volume of fake account deletion, albeit good for longer term, raises uncertainty on near-term user growth expectations,” wrote Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jitendra Waral.
But Twitter’s stock is still up 83 percent year-to-date, and Waray believes the “risk to daily user growth should be low as the company has underscored low activity on the deleted accounts.“
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Author: Tyler Durden