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Elon Musk and Twitter

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Elon Musk took control of Twitter and immediately fired several of its top managers. From CNN:

Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, a source familiar with the deal told CNN Thursday, putting the world’s richest man in charge of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.

Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives, according to two people familiar with the decision. Twitter declined to comment.

The deal’s closing removes a cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Twitter’s business, employees and shareholders for much of the year. After initially agreeing to buy the company in April, Musk spent months attempting to get out of the deal, first citing concerns about the number of bots on the platform and later allegations raised by a company whistleblower.

Musk appeared to acknowledge the takeover in a tweet Thursday night saying, “the bird is freed.”

Conservatives hope it means the platform will no longer censor them while amplifying progressives.

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