Twitter plans to launch a layoff process on Friday

It was through a simple internal e-mail that Twitter announced, Thursday, November 3, the impending layoffs within the company, a fear shared by employees since the recent acquisition of the social network by the billionaire Elon Musk.

“We will begin the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday”warned employees in this message consulted by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The email added that all employees will receive information Friday morning when offices in California reopen, but did not specify how many people would be affected. According to Washington postthe new leader planned to fire about 50% of the approximately 7,500 employees.

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“We recognize that some individuals who have made notable contributions to Twitter will be affected, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s future success”the company declared to the employees.

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

“A folly and a shame”

The boss of Tesla and SpaceX bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars and took control on Thursday, after six months of a massive event. He immediately disbanded the board of directors, fired the chief executive and other senior officials, and launched massive projects with goals that could be quickly accomplished. Some engineers reported having to sleep on site several nights.

Elon Musk, who first named himself “Head of Twitter” (“twit” meaning “stupid” in English), then “Twitter hotline operator”Tesla developers were brought in on Friday to review the work of Twitter employees.

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Many engineers have to print out the last lines of code they’ve worked on, according to one employee who spoke on condition of anonymity. Lists comparing computer scientists to each other, mainly on the basis of production volume, have also been established, according to another employee.

“The ongoing firing process is a farce and a disgrace. Tesla’s henchmen are making decisions about people they know nothing about other than the number of lines of code produced. This is absolutely absurd.”Taylor Leese, the director of an engineering team, tweeted on Sunday that he had been fired.

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Culture change

On Thursday, more and more employees of the tweeting network expressed their dismay or humor. “The mass layoffs haven’t happened yet and everyone at Twitter has lost their jobs. The work described in their contract, the work they loved, the work with all the colleagues they came to know and appreciate”, said Eli Schutzea Twitter IT specialist based in London, according to his profile. “It’s the beginning of a blank slate whichever side you fall on”he added.

The proposal confirms the change in corporate culture widely expected for the California company under the leadership of Elon Musk. Several executives resigned themselves this week and more than 700 people left this summer, of their own free will, according to an employee.

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The unique entrepreneur actually promotes a vision of freedom of expression that requires relaxing the moderation rules for the content of the platform, which disagrees with the approach of many employees, users and NGOs.

Some employees are also worried about the idea of ​​not being able to work from home anymore – Elon Musk doesn’t approve of teleworking – or having to follow a huge pace like at Tesla.

The leader also announced the upcoming launch of an eight dollar per month subscription for users who want to have their account certified. A decision that caused an outcry among many concerned subscribers.

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The World with AFP

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