Elon Musk's Twitter ownership starts with firings

STORY: After months of delays, Elon Musk has completed his 44 billion dollar takeover of Twitter, posting a celebratory tweet "the bird is freed".

One of his first moves has been to sack a handful of top executives at the social media company.

According to sources, those purged include the Chief Executive, Parag Agrawal, the Chief Financial officer, Ned Segal, and the Legal Affairs and Policy Chief Vijaya Gadde.

Musk has previously accused them of misleading him about the number of fake accounts on the platform.

Twitter's approximately 7,500 other employees may now be fretting about their future, as Musk has previously said he plans to cut jobs while building a so-called 'super app'.

It would offer everything from money transfers to shopping and ride-hailing.

In the immediate future, Musk has said he wants to get rid of the spam bots on the platform,

make the algorithms that determine how content is presented publicly available,

and prevent the platform from becoming an echo chamber for hate and division,

even as he limits censorship with speculation rife he may now reverse a ban on Donald Trump.

On Thursday, the world's richest man said that he did not buy Twitter to make more money, but "to try to help humanity, whom I love."