Facebook Snapchat Offer of $3 Billion in Cash Rejected by Startup

Image: Facebook Snapchat Offer of $3 Billion in Cash Rejected by Startup Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in Los Angeles.

Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 08:06 AM

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Snapchat rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook Inc that would have valued the company at $3 billion or more, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday.

Facebook representatives reached out to Snapchat, the startup photo app, in recent weeks to discuss the all-cash deal, which would have been Facebook's largest acquisition ever, the report said, citing anonymous sources, according to Reuters.

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Facebook declined to comment. Snapchat could not immediately be reached for comment.

Snapchat, which allows consumers to send smartphone photos which automatically disappear after a few seconds, has proven popular among teenage users.

The report of Facebook's interest in Snapchat comes a couple of weeks after Facebook, the world's No. 1 Internet social network, acknowledged that it was seeing a decline in daily use by young teenagers in the U.S., although it said overall use by teenagers was stable.

Shares of Facebook were up 3.1 percent at $48.05 in afternoon trading on Wednesday.

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