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Twitter CFO in direct message gaffe

Anthony Noto tweets private message sparking rumours about Twitter buying new company

Noto's tweet said: " "I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 -- we will need to sell him. i have a plan."
Noto's tweet said: " "I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 -- we will need to sell him. i have a plan."

Twitter's chief financial officer has accidentally sent a public tweet that was meant to be a private direct message to a colleague.

Anthony Noto, who joined the company in July this year, deleted the tweet soon after he had sent it.

It read: "I think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 -- we will need to sell him. i have a plan."

The message has sparked speculation about which firm Noto was referring to with technology news site Recode and CNBC suggesting Shots, a selfie app backed by Justin Bieber. According to CNBC, the microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under the age of 24.

The BBC reported that Noto has also recently followed several employees at Mic, a news website aimed at young people.