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Musk confirms Twitter purchase: ‘The bird is freed’

(Update 1: minor edits, alter quote)

New York, Oct 28 (EFE).- Billionaire Elon Musk confirmed Friday morning through Twitter the purchase of the social network with a cryptic reading “The bird is freed.”

After finalizing the purchase agreement for $ 44 billion and taking control of the company on the eve of the deadline given by a US court to avoid going to trial, the tycoon published this message on the social network referring to the blue bird it has as a logo.

According to some of the main press media in the United States, Musk’s first action after taking over the company has been to fire some of his top managers, including CEO Parag Agrawal; Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal; and Chief Policy and Legal Officer Vijaya Gadde.

Before closing the acquisition, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX showed up at Twitter headquarters Wednesday, wearing a big smile and carrying a porcelain sink, a scene he later posted in a tweet along with the phrase: “Let that sink in.”

Musk also changed the description of him on his Twitter profile to “Chief Twit.”

When there were just over 24 hours left before the expiration of the term that a judge had given him to open a process if the purchase of the social network was not formalized, Musk confirmed he was going to buy the company “for the future of civilization.”

“It is important for the future of civilization to have a common digital square where a wide spectrum of beliefs can be debated in a healthy way,” he wrote in a message to advertisers on Twitter, while anticipating advertising will have a relevant place in the network.

According to the media, Musk has plans to get rid of 75 percent of the staff that works at Twitter, which currently amounts to about 7,500 people, down to about 2,000 workers.

Despite the least control of message traffic this could entail, the tycoon has said his vision of Twitter is that “it cannot become a hell free for all, where anything can be said without consequences,” but that it must “respect the laws “. EFE


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