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Elon Musk takes over Twitter, fires executives


Late on Thursday, Elon Musk acquired control of Twitter and fired its top executives in a move that places one of the most important forums for international discourse in his hands. Elon Musk is the richest man in the world.

Musk tweeted “the bird is freed” after the takeover, making reference to the business’ well-known avian logo.

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He fired the company’s chief executive officer, Parag Agrawal, as well as its chief financial officer and head of safety right away, according to unnamed sources.

The Tesla CEO was previously held to the terms of a settlement by Agrawal in court when he attempted to renege on them.

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The takeover occurred hours ahead of Musk’s court-imposed deadline to finalize his on-again, off-again agreement to buy the social media network.


Musk stated in a tweet earlier in the day that he was purchasing Twitter because having a common digital town square where a wide variety of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way is crucial for the continuation of civilisation.

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Agrawal, Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde were thanked for their “collective contribution to Twitter” by the platform’s co-founder Biz Stone.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the departure of its top executives.

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