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Elon Musk Confirms He's Twitter's New CEO

A regulatory filing signed by Musk names him as chief executive officer, coming just days after he acquired the social network.

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The "Chief Twit" is also the chief executive now.

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It's official: Elon Musk is Twitter's new chief executive. The tech billionaire confirmed his new status in a regulatory filing on Monday, just days after closing a $44 billion deal to take the social network private.

When Musk announced his unsolicited takeover bid for Twitter in April, he reportedly had a new CEO lined up for the company, according to Reuters, citing an anonymous source. Before closing the deal late Oct. 27, Musk changed his Twitter profile to refer to himself as "Chief Twit" but didn't make any announcement about CEO.

Musk, who also serves as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, as recently as Sunday tweeted that he had "No idea who the CEO is."

In the filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that was signed by Musk, he is identified as the company's CEO. The official confirmation came after a busy couple of days for Musk, during which he fired top executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, revamped the home page, tweeted and then deleted misinformation and floated the possibility of charging for Twitter verification

Twitter representatives didn't respond to a request for comment.