Google and Facebook, plus others, have held low-level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.
In December, Twitter raised $200 million in financing in a deal that valued it at $3.7 billion. The company, which allows users to broadcast 140-character messages to groups of followers, had 175 million users as of September.
The paper said the talks have so far gone nowhere and that Google, Facebook and Twitter all declined to comment.
Despite the valuation, the report said Twitter’s executives and board were working on building a large, independent company.