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Washington: Social media firm Twitter’s new boss Linda Yacarino has outlined her plans for “Twitter 2.0” after taking over from Elon Musk a week ago.

She says the company is “on a mission to become the world’s most accurate real-time information source”.

Since Musk bought Twitter last year, it has faced criticism over its approach to tackling disinformation, BBC reports.

In the last month, the company lost its head of trust and safety and pulled out of the EU’s disinformation code.

In a series of tweets, which was also emailed to employees, Yaccarino echoed Musk’s goal, that Twitter must transform the “global town square”.

She said this would help “drive civilisation forward through the unfiltered exchange of information and open dialogue about the things that matter most to us.”

Musk, who is a self-described “free speech absolutist”, has criticised Twitter’s policies on moderating content, arguing that it needed to be a genuine forum for free speech.

Since buying Twitter last year for $44bn (£35.1bn), Musk had been under pressure to find someone to lead the firm so that he could focus on his other businesses, which include electric carmaker Tesla and rocket firm SpaceX.

On 12 May, Musk, who recently reclaimed the title of the world’s richest person, announced that Yaccarino would succeed him as the chief executive of Twitter in six weeks time.

Yaccarino is credited with helping to steer media giant NBCUniversal through upheaval in the industry caused by changing technology.

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