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Twitter Considers Subscription Fee for Tweetdeck, Unique Content

  • Internal groups are researching options users might pay for
  • Social network says ‘revenue durability’ is now top priority
Twitter Inc.'s TweetDeck
Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Twitter Inc. is building a subscription product as a way to ease its dependence on advertising – a plan the social network has considered for years, and one that has taken on a heightened priority given the pandemic and pressure from activist investors to accelerate growth.

The majority of Twitter’s revenue comes from targeted advertising, which serves up promoted posts aimed at specific groups of users. That business has grown in recent years at a slower pace than competitors like Facebook Inc. and Snap Inc., and Twitter’s slice of the digital ad market globally remains at at a lackluster 0.8%, according to EMarketer.