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Something must be brewing over at Twitter, because two of its high-level executives have decided to leave the company. Chief technology officer Adam Messinger and VP of product Josh McFarland today tweeted separately that they would be departing from the social network. Messinger explained that he would be taking some time off, while McFarland is joining venture capital firm Greylock Partners.

These two departures follow the footsteps of chief operating officer Adam Bain, who stepped down last month after hundreds of layoffs. The company has reportedly been locked in an internal battle over whether to sell to buyers, with potential suitors rumored to include Google, SalesForce, Microsoft, Verizon and Disney.

Twitter has had a troubled year. Recently, it shut down its popular looping video service Vine, and ended a direct messaging app before even publicly releasing it. The company also turned its focus this year to live video streaming and dealing with its troll problem. It recently acquired app-making company Yes Inc, instating the latter's founder Keith Coleman as a vice president of product. It's unclear if Coleman's role will now expand in the wake of McFarland's departure, as well as who will replace Messinger, but one thing seems certain: Twitter's future is shaky. We'll have to see if 2017 brings good news for the social network.

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