Twitter dips after co-founder says selling some of his shares

By By Noel Randewich Markets Reuters

The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Shares of Twitter dropped about 1 percent on Thursday after co-founder Ev Williams said he is selling a minority of his shares in the social media company, which has been losing ground to Facebook and other fast-growing rivals.

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"It actually pains me to be selling at this point, but this sale is all about personal context, not company context," Williams wrote in a blog post.

Twitter in the fourth quarter posted the slowest revenue growth since it went public four years ago and its stock has dropped 16 percent in the past year.

Williams said in the blog post, addressed to shareholders and employees, that Twitter shares would continue to make up the vast majority of his assets for the foreseeable future.

Twitter, which last year failed in an effort to find a buyer, was down 1.14 percent at $14.36 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Dan Grebler)