Late on Thursday, Elon Musk acquired control of Twitter and sacked its top executives in a move that places one of the most important forums for international dialogue in his hands. Elon Musk is the richest man in the world.
Musk tweeted after the takeover that “the bird is freed,” alluding to the business’ well-known avian logo.
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 cited by the Washington Post and CNBC.
The Tesla CEO was previously held to the terms of a settlement by Agrawal in court when he attempted to renege on them.
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 tweeted earlier in the day that he was buying Twitter “because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner.”
Agrawal, Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde were acknowledged 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 senior executives.
“Massive talents, all, and beautiful humans each.”