Days after it was reported that at least 50% of Twitter’s workforce was laid off, the company has done a U-turn and has called back fired employees, claiming that some of the people were ‘laid off by mistake’. The update comes after Tesla chief Elon Musk completed his $44 billion acquisition of the microblogging platform, and went on to introduce radical plans, including $8 per month for people who want to get the verification ‘blue tick’.

As per a Bloomberg report, Twitter reached out to dozens of employees, and asked them to return, claiming that they were fired by mistake. Some were told that they were let go before the company realized that their experience and expertise are necessary to create features that Musk has in mind.

Earlier last week, it was reported that Twitter laid of 50% of its entire workforce. Further reports that emerged in the wake of the mass layoff stated that entire human rights team, ethical AI team was completely gutted. Further, scores of employees from communications, content, marketing, and machine learning ethics teams were fired.

Later, the company’s new flagbearer Elon Musk took to Twitter and said – “Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day,”.

The Elon Musk – Twitter Story Recap

For anyone keeping track of the Elon Musk Twitter takeover, the new developments emerging every day make the entire ordeal feel like a web series or film in making. What started with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and richest human in the world, expressing his desire to buy the platform, has now taken multiple drastic turns.

After he initiated a hostile takeover of Twitter, which concluded earlier this month, Musk announced radical changes to the platform, including an $8 fee to anyone who may want to retain their blue ticks. While people were trying to make sense of it all, another shocking development came to the fore where it was reported that 50% of the company’s entire work force was fired.

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The U-Turn, Employees Asked to Come Back

Now, the company is doing a U-turn, asking ex-employees to please return, as they were “laid off by mistake.

As per a Bloomberg report, dozens of laid off employees were reached out by the company and were asked to return. Some employees were told that they were laid off by mistake, while others were told that the management was unaware that their expertise and experience would be needed to create features Musk wants on platform.

The Bloomberg report also mentioned that the company’s spokesperson did not reply to the request of a formal comment regarding the company’s U-turn.

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Twitter Introduces $8 Fee for ‘Blue Tick’

The shocking turn of events comes after another similar backtracking move the company made. Earlier, Twitter rolled out the Twitter Blue plan, where a person could have the verification ‘blue tick’ on their profile only if they would pay $8 a month, something which remained free since the company’s inception.

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Delay in $8 Subscription Plan

As per a New York Times report, the company is now slated to delay the changes until after the US midterm elections, after both Twitter users and employees outraged that the plan could be misused to create disharmony.


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