Twitter Posts Over Half A Billion Dollars Net Loss After Settling Lawsuit

Twitter said Tuesday it had posted a US$537m net loss in the third quarter after settling a lawsuit alleging investors were misled about slowing user growth.

Despite revenue rising sharply with the help of robust ad sales, Twitter still posted an operating loss of US$743m, fuelled by the more than US$800m settlement.

The 2016 federal suit filed by shareholders claimed the defendants, such as former CEO Dick Costolo, did not disclose the full picture of the company’s state while they sold their personal stock in Twitter.

The shareholders claimed board members sold stock at an “artificially inflated” price. The suit was filed the year after Twitter’s shares tumbled in value as the company revealed lethargic growth.

Despite the lawsuit costs, Twitter said third quarter revenue hit US$1.3B, an increase of 37% over this time last year.

The company noted that advertising revenue reached US$1.14B, which is 41 percent above 2020’s third quarter results

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