Elon Musk steps up equity commitment in Twitter bid to $33.5 billion

Meanwhile, Twitter's co-founder and former CEO, Jack Dorsey, has stepped down from the company's board of directors.
Written by Stephanie Condon, Senior Writer
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Elon Musk has increased the personal stake he's throwing down to acquire Twitter to $33.5 billion, according to a new set of federal documents. The documents also say the Tesla CEO is in talks with Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey and other Twitter stockholders who could possibly contribute shares to help Musk's takeover bid. 

Twitter has been in a state of turmoil since Musk, about a month ago, said he wanted to buy the social media platform and take it private. He lined up $46.5 billion in financing to back his unsolicited bid, relying on loans and $21 billion from his own equity. He later committed to providing an additional $6.25 billion in equity financing. He's now committing another $6.25 billion. 

Musk has, however, recently suggested the deal is "on hold," complaining about the number of fake accounts on the Twitter platform. Meanwhile, some of Twitter's top executives have been pushed out of the company in recent weeks. 

Meanwhile, Dorsey on Wednesday stepped down from Twitter's board of directors, the company confirmed to ZDNet. A spokesperson for Twitter noted that when Dorsey stepped down as CEO of Twitter in November of last year, the company said he would leave the board when "his term expires at the 2022 meeting of stockholders."

Also, on Wednesday, during Twitter's annual shareholder meeting, shareholders voted to remove Silver Lake co-CEO Egon Durban from the board, as CNBC earlier reported. A spokesperson said to ZDNet that Durban had tendered his resignation to the board and that the board "will promptly consider" whether to accept it.

In other news, the US Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday said it is fining Twitter $150 million for deceptively using account security data for targeted advertising. From 2014 to 2019, more than 140 million Twitter users provided their phone numbers or email addresses to the company for security purposes, according to the government. Twitter, however, failed to mention that it also would be used for targeted advertising, the FTC alleged.

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