According to the New York Times, Elon Musk has fired four top executives at Twitter, including CEO Parag Agrawal.

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According to the New York Times, Elon Musk has fired four top executives at Twitter, including CEO Parag Agrawal. Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur, reportedly fired four top executives from Twitter’s leadership on Thursday after completing a deal to buy the company.

According to a New York Times report citing confidential sources, Musk fired Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, top legal and policy executive Vijaya Gadde, and General Counsel Sean Edgett.

According to the report, at least one executive was escorted out of the offices after being fired.

Musk explained why he purchased the popular platform earlier on Thursday.

“I acquired Twitter because I believe it is critical 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,” Musk wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter account.

“There is currently a significant risk that social media will splinter into far right and far left echo chambers, generating more hate and dividing our society,” he added. “In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fueled and catered to those polarised extremes, believing that this is what brings in the money, but in doing so, they have lost the opportunity for dialogue.”

Twitter critics have expressed hope that Musk will bring balance to the social media platform and allow for more dissenting voices from the right.

Meanwhile, many left-wing activists have expressed concern that Musk’s takeover will expose them to hate groups and offensive speech.

Many on the left were outraged Wednesday when the billionaire walked into the Twitter offices holding a kitchen sink while smiling and tweeting, “Let that sink in!”