A massive purge-like situation is being witnessed at Twitter as 50% of the company’s workforce has been sacked, with Musk claiming to have ‘no choice’ as company is losing $4 million every day. Despite Musk’s preaching about transparency and accountability, it’s the trust and ethics teams that have been gutted the worst after his takeover.

The bloodbath on Twitter HQ has been so intense that swarms of employees were laid off in the middle of night, while some discovered being laid off during a work call, NYT reported. Chris Younie, partnerships team member took to Twitter and wrote – “So grateful this is happening at 3am. Really appreciate the thoughtfulness on the timing front guys.”

Michele Austin, a part of policy team in Twitter also shared similar sentiment and wrote – “Woke up to the news that my time working at Twitter has come to an end. I am heartbroken. I am in denial.”

Meanwhile, Musk himself took to Twitter and tried to reason out the 50% of the workforce being sacked. “Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day. Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required,” he tweeted.

The Facts of the Matter

Many tech analysts and enthusiasts assumed that the introduction of an $8/month plan to retain Twitter’s ‘blue tick’ was one of the most radical moves Musk was taking after taking over the company.

However, these analysts and thousands of people who have been working for Twitter for years, were both proven wrong. What has followed next is a massive purge-like situation, where 50% of the company’s total workforce has been fired.

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Bloodbath at Twitter HQ

After taking over the microblogging platform, Musk initiated a figurative bloodbath in the company, purging almost 50% of the total 7,500 workforce base, gutting teams in total or severely. While Musk spoke about introducing more accountability and transparency before taking over, the layoffs after he took over has impacted the ethical AI, transparency, trust and safety, and policy teams.

Employees Receive Memo

The purge initiated earlier on Thursday after a memo on the company’s internal communication platform read how Twitter is going to “go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce”. Employees were locked out of their work accounts, and they received an email titled “Your Role at Twitter.”

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The Scenes from Across the World

Since Friday, thousands of ex-Twitter employees took to Twitter and told netizens about being fired in the most haphazard manner. Employees from Britain, Ireland, Australia, gave an account of what was transpiring on Twitter. Many employees claimed waiting for the Twitter HQ in San Francisco to inform them about their job status. Hundreds of employees learnt being terminated in the middle of night.

Ex-Twitter Employees Say Final Goodbye

Twitter India Workforce Severely Impacted

As per an India Express report, workforce from Twitter India too has been severely impacted. Reportedly, the company’s marketing, communications, and engineering teams were severely impacted by the massive layoffs in India. A significant portion of the 250-300 employee workforce in India impacted by the layoffs received an email which communicated that they will lose access to Twitter’s internal accounts.

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Elon Musk Breaks Silence

Meanwhile, Elon Musk himself took to Twitter and tried to rationalize the massive downsizing. “Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day. Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required,” his tweet read.


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