Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Twitter shares took a beating Thursday morning after the company reported it had failed to increase its user growth. The results from its second quarter earnings report:

  • Revenue, missed: $574 million in revenue vs. $536.7 Thomas Reuters estimates
  • Earnings per share, beat: 12 cents per share, beating 17 cents per share Thomas Reuters estimates.
  • Advertising revenue, dropped 8%: $489 million vs. $535 million last year (8% year over year drop
  • Monthly Active Users, missed: 328 million vs. 329 million StreetAccount Reuters estimates

Our thought bubble: If you are on the internet and not growing, you are dying.

Why it matters: Twitter has struggled to woo investors since its IPO in 2013. Wall Street have been wary of its ability to monetize its massive direct-to-consume, mobile audience, something most legacy media and tech companies are striving for. The company has been rolling out sophisticated new live video and static ads units (see this one from Adam Schiff), that have been very effective (total ad engagements increased 95% year-over-year this quarter) but investors still aren't confident that their ad business is scalable, especially when the company's user base has basically plateaued.

What analyst are saying: "You have zero user growth versus Facebook reporting 70 million new users [Wednesday]" Aegis Capital internet analyst Victor Anthony told CNBC. "It's not a recipe for a stock you want to buy."

Go deeper

Americans reflect on Independence Day amid racism reckoning

A Black Lives Matter banner and a United States flag on the facade of the U.S. embassy building in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Simon Shin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

America's leaders are rethinking how they view Independence Day, as the country reckons with the historic, unequal treatment of people of color during a pandemic which has disproportionately affected nonwhite Americans.

Why it matters: The country’s legacy of racism has come into sharp focus in the weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. From Confederate statues to Mount Rushmore, Americans are reexamining the symbols and traditions they elevate and the history behind them.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 10,945,600 — Total deaths: 523,035 — Total recoveries — 5,797,206Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 2,767,669 — Total deaths: 128,951 — Total recoveries: 781,970 — Total tested: 33,462,181Map.
  3. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  4. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.
  5. States: Florida reports more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases, and its most-infected county issues curfew.
5 hours ago - Sports

Washington Redskins to review team name amid public pressure

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins have announced they will be conducting a review of the team's name after mounting pressure from the public and corporate sponsors.

Why it matters: This review is the first formal step the Redskins are taking since the debate surrounding the name first began. It comes after weeks of discussions between the team and the NFL, the team said.