Twitter CFO Anthony Noto fuels speculation about new acquisition after tweeting plans to 'buy them' by mistake

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The Independent Online

Twitter's chief financial officer fuelled speculation about a potential acquisition last night after he accidentally tweeted a message about buying another company.

Anthony Noto, who joined the social network as CFO in July, appears to have sent a direct message intended for a colleague to his more than 9,000 followers in a classic Twitter blunder.

“I still think we should buy them,” Noto wrote. “He is on your schedule for Dec. 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. I have a plan."

The tweet was deleted soon after but some of his eagle-eyed followers spotted the mistake and screengrabbed the message, prompting speculation about Twitter's takeover plans.

Commentators noted Noto recently followed a handful of employees from Mic, a media start-up targeting millennials, and favourited a tweet from Evan Spiegel, CEO and co-founder of Snapchat, who famously rejected a $3bn offer from Facebook for the photo-sharing app predominantly used by teenagers.

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Twitter declined to comment.