His first topic on the agenda was to fire several Twitter executives, according to three people who spoke with the Post on the condition of anonymity. A source familiar with the deal told CNN that Musk has completed his deal to buy Twitter.
Among those fired were CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety. The people also said that the three executives were quickly ushered out of the building.
After closing the deal, Musk tweeted, “the bird is freed.”
Musk also plans to assume Agrawal’s role of CEO, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News. The billionaire may eventually cede the role but expects to remain CEO in the interim. Musk also plans to get rid of permanent bans on users, which means those kicked off the platform may return — a list of people that includes former president Donald Trump, the person added. At the time, it is not confirmed whether Trump would be allowed back on the platform.
The purchase follows an open letter by Musk to advertisers promising that the company won’t become a “free-for-all hellscape” once he officially takes control.
“The reason I acquired Twitter is 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, without resorting to violence,” the self-appointed “Chief Twit” wrote.
“There is currently a great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.”
The Tesla CEO blamed “much of traditional media” for fueling “those polarized extremes” in “the relentless pursuit of clicks.” He also plainly stated that he didn’t purchase Twitter for a reported $44 billion for money but because he wanted to “help humanity, whom I love.”
This story is developing and will be updated.