Elon Musk takes over Twitter

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Elon Musk has taken control of Twitter and immediately fired several top executives.

According to Reuters, Musk – the world's richest man - let go of three members of the leadership team, including chief executive officer Parag Agrawal, in one of his first decisions as boss of the social media giant on Thursday.

In addition, chief financial officer Ned Segal and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal, policy, and trust, were also reportedly let go.

Musk responded to the news by tweeting, "the bird is freed," a reference to the social media network's bird logo.

The 51-year-old’s purchase of the company concludes a six-month saga in which Twitter initially rejected his offer and then sued the billionaire.

This was after he indicated he would back out of the deal due to concerns about spam accounts and whistleblower claims regarding allegedly lax cybersecurity practices.

The firings have yet to be confirmed by Musk or representatives at Twitter.