Elon Musk takes control of Twitter, fires top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal

Elon Musk. [File Photo]

Elon Musk has officially taken control of Twitter after finalising a $44bn deal to buy the social media network, international media reported.

In one of his first decisions at the helm of the social media giant, Musk, the world’s richest man, fired three top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, various reports say, citing people familiar with the matter.

Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal, policy, and trust, were also let go, according to the reports.

Sean Edgett, Twitter’s general counsel, was also fired, the Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed source.

Following the reports, Musk tweeted “the bird is freed”, referencing the social media network’s bird logo.

However, Musk and Twitter have yet to confirm the firings.

The Tesla CEO’s purchase caps a six-month saga that saw Twitter initially resist Musk’s purchase offer and then sue the billionaire after he signaled he would nix the deal over concerns about spam accounts and whistle-blower claims about lax cyber security practices, Al Jazeera reported.


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