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Twitter bosses sent letter warning that UK subsidiary TweetDeck is at risk of closure


By Gillian West, Social media manager

January 22, 2013 | 2 min read

Twitter subsidiary TweetDeck is at risk of closure according to a warning letter sent to the American directors of the social media website.

A letter obtained by Sky News addressed to Twitter’s registered London address from Companies House states: “The Registrar of Companies gives notice that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of three months from the above date the name of TweetDeck Ltd will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.”

The two directors, Dick Costolo and Alex Macgillivray, are also top executives of San Francisco-based parent company, Twitter Inc.

Purchased by Twitter in May 2011 from founder Iain Dodsworth for a reported £25 million, TweetDeck has failed to file any accounts with Companies House since the sale.

In December of last year Sky News revealed that both TweetDeck and Twitter UK had been fined £375 by Cardiff-based registrar for the oversight. Twitter UK has since filed abbreviated accounts for 2011, revealing a profit of £16,500. TweetDeck, however, has still not filed accounts and has now been fined £750 and is at heightened risk of both closure and legal action.

Companies House last week informed the London Gazette, the official Government journal of record which allows officials at HM Revenue and Customs and creditors to see firms at risk of being dissolved, of “a proposal to strike off” TweetDeck from the register.

There is no suggestion TweetDeck has any outstanding tax liability.

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