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What is Twitter’s value 5 months after Elon Musk’s acquisition?

Elon Musk made headlines when he took over Twitter in October to the tune of $44 billion. Reports now indicate the company is valued at half that amount.

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Elon Musk made headlines when he took over Twitter in October to the tune of $44 billion. Reports now indicate the company is valued at half that amount.
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It’s been five months since Elon Musk took over Twitter after a long-drawn out, tumultuous negotiating period. There has been a lot of controversy since he positioned himself at the helm of the social media platform, including massive layoffs, allowing too-long tweets, and altering the algorithm to make his Super Bowl tweets rank higher.

He closed the deal to acquire Twitter on Oct. 28, after paying his original officer price of $54.20 a share for a grand total of approximately $44 billion. He fired some of the company’s top executives almost immediately, including CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and chief legal officer Vijay Gadde.

Soon after, he began to lay off staff members to remove around half of the 7,500-strong workforce.

Twitter value drops to half of Musk’s acquisition price

Now, it appears that Twitter is facing financial challenges. Changes since Musk’s takeover have resulted in more hate speech, issues in acquiring blue check verification, and problems with the app’s features.

According to Zoe Schiffer, managing editor of Platformer, a tech news website, the billionaire sent an email to Twitter employees admitting that the company has been through radical changes which were necessary. Musk also reportedly acknowledged that the platform was previously about four months from running out of money.

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Per Schiffer, the value of Twitter is now half of what Musk paid for it. “Current grants are based on a $20b valuation,” she tweeted, although Musk says he is hopeful of eventually getting a valuation of $250 billion.

Advertisers concerned about their brand have left the platform, leading to plummeting revenues for the company in recent months.

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