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Musk's $44 billion buyout of Twitter faces FTC antitrust review -report

 

Musk's $44 billion buyout of Twitter faces FTC antitrust review -report© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Elon Musk's Twitter profile is seen on a smartphone placed on printed Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reviewing Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Chief Executive Elon Musk's $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the deal.

The FTC declined comment, while Musk could not be reached for comment.

The agency will decide in the next month whether it will do an in-depth antitrust probe of the proposed transaction, the person told Bloomberg. Such a probe would delay the deal's closing by months.

Antitrust experts have said there is little likelihood the agency will find any evidence that Musk's purchase of Twitter is illegal under antitrust law.

The FTC is already investigating Musk's initial purchase of a 9% stake in Twitter, probing whether he complied with an antitrust reporting requirement when he acquired the shares in early April.

The deal has the support of Republicans, who hope conservatives banned from the site will be allowed to return.

While Musk has tweeted about free speech, when he discusses plans for Twitter he focuses more on helping revenues by getting more people to use it or cutting such expenses as executive pay. He has said nothing publicly about allowing banned former users to return.

Musk's $44 billion buyout of Twitter faces FTC antitrust review -report By Reuters (investing.com)