Twitter share price dives after Jack Dorsey confirms senior executives Kevin Weil, Alex Roetter and Katie Jacobs Stanton will exit

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Twitter shares tumbled more than five per cent as markets opened in the US, falling below $17 per share again for the fourth time this year.

The fall came after Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four top executives at a time when the social network is under pressure from investors.

Dorsey confirmed the exits of engineering head Alex Roetter, product vice president Kevin Weil and head of media Katie Jacobs Stanton in a tweet early on Monday morning following reports late on Sunday.

He also said Skip Schipper, the company's head of HR, will be leaving too.

Chief operating officer Adam Bain will takeover the product, media and HR teams in the interim, while chief technology officer Adam Messinger will take over engineering, consumer product, design and research, user services and Fabric, its mobile development platform.

Jason Toff, the head of Vine, the video app bought by Twitter in 2012, is also leaving the company to join Google to work on its virtual reality projects, he said in a tweet.

The high-profile exits come at a time when Twitter is battling slow user growth and challenges increasing revenue.

Shares in the social network fell to an all-time low last week, dipping under $16 for the first time and raising the prospect of the company becoming a takeover target. News Corp was forced to deny rumours shortly after that it was interested in buying Twitter.

Further reports say the company will appoint new board members - one of them a "high-profile media personality" - and a new chief marketing officer as soon as today. Dorsey did not comment on these reports.

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