Was Dick Costolo fired by Twitter in 2010?

When executives at major tech firms get fired, we normally hear about it. This time, we’re hearing about it three years later.

Twitter’s founding tale keeps getting more and more complicated.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was briefly fired from the company by an advisor to the board in 2010, according to a new book detailing the early, tumultuous days of the microblogging service. The news was unearthed in an article from USA Today on Saturday evening.

The firing came during a trying period for the company, according to the book “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal,” written by New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton. The board was unsatisfied with the performance of then-CEO Evan Williams, a fact that co-founder Jack Dorsey used to leverage the board into finding a new candidate for the company’s chief executive.

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