Elon Musk has formally taken over the social media platform Twitter in a €44 Billion deal – and one of his first actions was to fire some of the company’s top executives, according to reports.
Twitter’s Chief Executive officer, Parag Agarawal, and Finance Head, Ned Segal, will reportedly all lose their positions – and Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal, policy, and trust who headed the team that decided to ban Donald Trump and censor the Hunter Biden story has also been fired.
NOW: Elon Musk just FIRED Vijaya Gadde, the woman who made the call to suspend Donald Trump permanently.
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 28, 2022
Legal counsel Sean Edgett was also ousted – but the fired executives look to make a total of $88 million between them in severance and share buybacks on the way out.
“The bird is freed”, Musk posted on Twitter. The billionaire has previously criticised censorship on Twitter, slamming the platform for banning Trump – and for censoring the story published by the New York Post about the content of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
the bird is freed
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
Musk laid out some of his plans for Twitter in a letter to advertisers – promising the platform would not become a ‘free-for-all hellscape’.
Dear Twitter Advertisers pic.twitter.com/GMwHmInPAS
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 27, 2022