Facebook adds $9bn to share buyback effort
Facebook said on Friday it would add US$9bn to its stock buyback programme, which could scoop up shares pummeled over the past few months by privacy scandals and a slump on Wall Street.
In a regulatory filing, the leading social network said it added to a US$15bn share repurchase programme began in 2017.
Facebook shares have slid more than 30 per cent in the past few months amid heightened scrutiny of the company and a bruising stock market.
The repurchase programme ‘does not have an expiration date’, the filing said, adding that shares may be repurchased on the open market or through privately negotiated transactions.
Facebook has become the world’s biggest social network with more than 2bn users, but has drawn scrutiny in the US and elsewhere over privacy practices and manipulation of its platform.
The Facebook application has fallen out of favour among young audiences in the US, according to surveys, but its Instagram app has taken up some of that slack.