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Hindenburg bypasses Block, the payment company of Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter

File image of Jack Dorsey. AFP

Hindenburg Research said on Thursday it held short positions in Block Inc, alleging the Jack Dorseya managed payment company overstated its user count and understated its customer acquisition costs, a Reuters says the report.

Dorsey is the co-founder of Twitter.

“Our 2-year investigation concluded that Block has consistently taken advantage of the demographics it claims to help,” the short seller said in a note posted on its website, the report added.

The US short seller said former Block employees estimated that 40% to 75% of the accounts they reviewed were fake, involved in fraud or were additional accounts linked to a single person, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, Block shares fell 18% in premarket trading after the Hindenburg report.

With contributions from Reuters

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