Elon Musk officially became Twitter's owner late Thursday when his $44 billion takeover agreement was completed. Musk promptly fired the company's top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CEO Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde, the “trust and safety” lead known for her fanatical left-wing censorship campaign.
According to the Washington Post, Elon Musk arrived at Twitter's offices on Thursday to officially confirm his company's takeover after the $44 billion purchase deal closed. Musk previously stated that he intended to reduce Twitter's workforce of approximately 7,500 employees to just over 2,000.
Musk appeared to have decided to begin at the top of the company, dismissing top executives such as CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety. According to sources, the company's general counsel, Sean Edgett, was also let go, and all were promptly escorted out of the company's San Francisco offices.
This appears to confirm Musk's previous claims that he intended to take Twitter in a completely new direction and was dissatisfied with current management, whom Musk has publicly chastised on numerous occasions. Musk has criticized former executives' decisions on content moderation and product direction, as well as actions such as the exclusion of former President Donald Trump.
Elon Musk Starts Twitter Management Overhaul
Musk, however, clarified the situation on Twitter on Thursday, saying: “Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!”
This appears to imply that Musk's Twitter will have a different code of conduct or acceptable behavior than the one currently in place across the platform. Musk later tweeted, “The bird has been set free.”
the bird is freed
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
Musk is now in charge of one of the world's most powerful communication platforms, just days before a major election in the United States. Many people will be watching Musk closely to see how he handles the challenges that an election may bring in the midst of the corporate transition, which is already a chaotic event.