Twitter will begin layoffs on Friday

Twitter to start layoffs Friday


“We will begin the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” Twitter told its employees Thursday in an email seen by AFP, confirming rumors that have been circulating since Elon Musk bought the social network a week ago. 

The message states that all employees will receive information by Friday morning when the California office opens, but does not specify how many people will be affected.

According to the Washington Post, the new leader plans to lay off approximately 50% of the approximately 7,500 employees.

“We recognize that a number of individuals who have made notable contributions to Twitter are going to be affected, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the success of the company in the future,” the company tells employees.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss bought Twitter for $44 billion and took control of it last Thursday, after six months of a rocky acquisition.

He immediately disbanded the board, fired the general manager and other senior officials, and launched large-scale projects with objectives to be achieved quickly. Several engineers reported having to sleep on site some nights.

Elon Musk, who first renamed himself “Chief Twit” (“twit” meaning “cretin” in English), then “Twitter hotline operator”, brought in Tesla developers on Friday to go through reviews the work of Twitter employees. 

Many engineers had to print out the last lines of code they produced, according to one employee who spoke on condition of anonymity.< /p>

Lists comparing computer scientists to each other, mainly on the basis of production volume, have also been established, according to another employee.

“A joke and a shame »

“The ongoing dismissal process is a farce and a disgrace. Tesla henchmen make decisions about people they know nothing about except the number of lines of code produced. This is complete nonsense,” tweeted Sunday Taylor Leese, the director of an engineering team who said they were fired.

On Thursday, more and more network employees tweets expressed their dismay or were humorous.

“The mass layoffs have yet to happen and yet everyone on Twitter has already lost their jobs. The work that was outlined in their contract, the work they loved, the work with all the co-workers they came to know and appreciate,” said Eli Schutze, a London-based Twitter IT specialist, according to his profile.

“It's the start of a blank slate, whichever side you fall on,” she added.

The measure confirms the change in corporate culture widely anticipated for the Californian company under the leadership of Elon Musk.

Several executives resigned on their own this week and more than 700 people are already parties this summer, of their own free will, according to an employee.

The whimsical entrepreneur indeed advocates a vision of freedom of expression which requires relaxing the rules of moderation of the platform's content , disagreeing with the approach of many employees, users and NGOs.

Some employees were also worried about the idea of ​​no longer being able to work from home — Elon Musk disapproves of teleworking — or having to follow infernal cadences like at Tesla.

“If you are not concerned, you will receive a notification on your Twitter email address. If you are affected, you will receive a notification with the next steps on your personal email,” reads the message sent Thursday, reminding everyone to check their email “including your spam”.