Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk reportedly fired four top executives from the leadership of Twitter on Thursday after completing a deal to buy the company.
Musk reportedly fired Twitter chief executive officer Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, top legal and policy executive Vijaya Gadde, and general counsel Sean Edgett, according to a report from the New York Times that cited confidential sources.
The report said at least one executive was escorted out of the offices after he was fired.
Earlier on Thursday, Musk outlined why he was buying the popular platform.
"The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence," wrote Musk in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
"There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society," he added. "In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fueled and catered to those polarized extremes, as they believe that is what brings in the money, but, in doing so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost."
Critics of Twitter's selective implementation of its rules of service have expressed a hope that Musk will bring balance to the social media platform and allow for more dissenting voices from the right.
Meanwhile, many activists on the left have expressed their horror that Musk's takeover means they might be exposed to hate groups and offensive speech.
The billionaire outraged many on the left Wednesday when he walked into the Twitter offices holding a kitchen sink while smiling and tweeted, "Let that sink in!"
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