The Latest: Twitter’s stock plunges on weak user numbers

The Latest on Twitter Inc.’s quarterly earnings report. (all times local):

4 p.m.

Twitter’s stock plunged 20.5 percent after the company said monthly users decreased in the second quarter.

The social media company also predicted further declines in the next few months.

It was the second-biggest loss for Twitter’s stock since the company went public in 2013.

In percentage terms, the decline was slightly worse than Facebook’s plunge the day before, but Facebook is a far more valuable company.

Twitter and Facebook are trying to reduce the amount of abuse and hate speech on their platforms, but that’s affecting their growth, one of the things investors value the most.

Twitter has doubled in value over the past year as it became profitable for the first time and investors applauded its live video efforts.

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1:30 p.m.

Twitter is nosediving after it said monthly users declined in the second quarter and could fall further over the next few months.

The stock is down 19.1 percent in heavy trading Friday afternoon, mirroring a 19 percent plunge in Facebook Thursday.

Twitter and Facebook are trying to reduce the amount of abuse and hate speech on their platforms, but that’s affecting their growth, one of the things investors value the most.

Twitter has doubled in value over the past year as it became profitable for the first time and investors applauded its live video efforts.

Other big technology companies also sank Friday. Intel dropped 8.5 percent and Microsoft gave up 2.8 percent.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite is headed for its worst loss in a month.

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9:45 a.m.

Twitter is plunging in early trading, topping off a terrible week for social media.

Shares slid 14 percent after Twitter reported weak growth from new users. That followed Thursday’s 19 percent drop in shares of Facebook

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