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American businessman Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter and take the company private.The plans were made public Thursday in a filing Twitter made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

美国商人伊隆·马斯克提出收购推特并将其私有化。推特周四在向美国证券交易委员会提交的一份文件中披露了马斯克的这一计划。

Musk heads the companies Tesla and SpaceX.He has been declared the worlds richest person by Forbes magazine, with an estimated worth of $219 billion.

马斯克领导着特斯拉和SpaceX公司。《福布斯》杂志宣称他是世界上最富有的人,身价估计为2190亿美元。

Musks latest move comes after Twitter recently confirmed that his past investments had already given him a 9.2 percent share in the company.

在马斯克做出这一最新举动之前,推特最近证实,马斯克过去的投资已经让他获得了推特公司9.2%的股份。

The new filing said Musk had proposed buying the remaining shares of Twitter at $54.20 per share.The offer puts a valuation of the social media company at about $43 billion.

这份新提交的文件称,马斯克曾提出以每股54.20美元的价格收购推特的剩余股份。这一出价使推特这家社交媒体公司的估值达到约430亿美元。

Musk told Twitter his proposed price was his best and final offer.He has not provided any details about financing plans.Musk said if his offer is rejected, he would reconsider his position as a shareholder.

马斯克告诉推特,他提出的价格是他的最高及最终报价。他没有提供有关融资计划的任何细节。马斯克表示,如果他的出价被拒绝,他将重新考虑自己作为股东的立场。

In his government filing, Musk said he invested in Twitterbecause he believes "in its potential to be the platform for free speech" around the world.He added, however, that he now thinks the only way Twitter can become such a platform is to be "transformed" into a private company.

在他向政府提交的文件中,马斯克表示,他之所以投资推特,是因为他相信推特“有潜力成为全世界言论自由的平台”。然而,他补充说,他现在认为,推特要成为这样一个平台,唯一的办法就是“转型”为一家私人公司。

Twitter said it had received Musks offerand will decide whether it is in the best interests of shareholders to accept it or continue to operate as a publicly traded company.

推特表示自己已经收到了马斯克的出价,正在考虑是接受这个出价,还是继续作为一家上市公司运营更符合股东的最大利益。

Daniel Ives is an industry expert with the investment company Wedbush Securities.He said in a note to clients he believes Twitter will accept Musks offer, which he called an "aggressive, hostile takeover of the company".Ives added that it would be difficult for any other individual or groups to come forward with a comparable offer.

丹尼尔·艾夫斯是韦德布什证券公司的行业专家。他在给客户的一份文件中表示,他认为推特会接受马斯克的出价,并称这是“对推特公司的激进、敌意收购”。艾夫斯补充说,其他任何个人或组织很难出价这么高。

In the past, Musk has been critical of some of Twitters policies related to free speech issues.He recently created a poll on Twitter that asked users if they believed the service was committed to permitting free speech for all individuals.

过去,马斯克一直对推特有关言论自由问题的一些政策持批评态度。他最近在推特上发起了一项民意调查,询问推特用户是否相信该服务商致力于允许所有人言论自由。

In the latest government filing, Musk said Twitter has great potential and he thinks that he is the right person to "unlock" that potential.

在向政府提交的最新文件中,马斯克表示,推特拥有巨大潜力,他认为自己是“释放”这一潜力的合适人选。

Twitter has not done as well as some other social media companies in recent years.It reported a net loss of $221 million for 2021.The loss was largely tied to a settlement of a lawsuit by shareholders who said the company had misled investors.The shareholders accused the company of misleading them about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform.

近年来,推特的表现不如其他一些社交媒体公司。该公司报告称2021年净亏损2.21亿美元。这一亏损主要与股东对一起诉讼达成的和解有关,那些股东们称推特公司误导了投资者。股东们指控该公司在用户基数增长以及用户与平台的互动程度上误导了他们。

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey resigned as Chief Executive Officer in late November and the position was given to Parag Agrawal.

推特联合创始人杰克·多尔西于去年11月底辞去首席执行官一职,并由帕拉格·阿格拉沃尔担任此职位。

Im Bryan Lynn.

布莱恩·林恩报道。

American businessman Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter and take the company private. The plans were made public Thursday in a filing Twitter made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Musk heads the companies Tesla and SpaceX. He has been declared the world's richest person by Forbes magazine, with an estimated worth of $219 billion.

Musk's latest move comes after Twitter recently confirmed that his past investments had already given him a 9.2 percent share in the company.

The new filing said Musk had proposed buying the remaining shares of Twitter at $54.20 per share. The offer puts a valuation of the social media company at about $43 billion.

Musk told Twitter his proposed price was his best and final offer. He has not provided any details about financing plans. Musk said if his offer is rejected, he would reconsider his position as a shareholder.

In his government filing, Musk said he invested in Twitter because he believes "in its potential to be the platform for free speech" around the world. He added, however, that he now thinks the only way Twitter can become such a platform is to be "transformed" into a private company.

Twitter said it had received Musk's offer and will decide whether it is in the best interests of shareholders to accept it or continue to operate as a publicly traded company.

Daniel Ives is an industry expert with the investment company Wedbush Securities. He said in a note to clients he believes Twitter will accept Musk's offer, which he called an "aggressive, hostile takeover of the company." Ives added that it would be difficult for any other individual or groups to come forward with a comparable offer.

In the past, Musk has been critical of some of Twitter's policies related to free speech issues. He recently created a poll on Twitter that asked users if they believed the service was committed to permitting free speech for all individuals.

In the latest government filing, Musk said Twitter has great potential and he thinks that he is the right person to "unlock" that potential.

Twitter has not done as well as some other social media companies in recent years. It reported a net loss of $221 million for 2021. The loss was largely tied to a settlement of a lawsuit by shareholders who said the company had misled investors. The shareholders accused the company of misleading them about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey resigned as Chief Executive Officer in late November and the position was given to Parag Agrawal.

I'm Bryan Lynn.

The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse reported on this story. Bryan Lynn adapted the reports for VOA Learning English.

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Words in This Story

potential - n. a possibility when the necessary conditions exist

platform - n. something that permits someone to tell a large number of people about an idea, product, etc.

transform - v. to change something completely, usuall to improve it

client - n. someone who pays someone else for services or advice

poll - n. a public opinion study in which people are asked or their opinions about a subject or person

net - adj. an amount of money that represents profit


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