Twitter temporarily closed its offices on Friday after telling employees that they would be notified later by email if they were being laid off.
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The move comes after a week of uncertainty about the future of the company under new owner Elon Musk.
The social media company said in an email to employees that it would inform them of the staff cuts.
“In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” observed by Reuters in an email sent on Thursday.
According to internal plans reviewed by Reuters this week, Musk, the world’s richest man, is looking to cut about 3,700 Twitter staff, or nearly half, as he seeks to reduce costs and calls for a new work ethic. Is.
The company’s content moderation team is expected to be the target of cuts in tweets from Twitter employees, suggested Friday. Musk has promised to restore freedom of speech, while preventing it from descending into a “hellscape”.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter employees expressed their frustration about the layoffs on the social network using the hashtag #OneTeam.
User Rachel Bonn tweeted: “Last Thursday at the SF (San Francisco) office, Twitter was actually the last day. 8 months pregnant and 9 months old. Just cut off from laptop access.”
– Twitter (@twitter) 18 January 2022
Twitter’s chief of security and integrity, Joel Roth, reacted to the #OneTeam thread, saying: “Tweeps: My DMs (direct message routes) are always open to you. Tell me how I can help.”
Roth was the most senior executive to publicly message with tweets of support for employees who are losing their jobs. Looks like he’s still doing his job. Last week, Musk backed Roth, citing his “high integrity” when he was called out over critical tweets from former US President Donald Trump years ago.
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Roth did not respond to a request for comment.
Twitter said in an email that its offices would be temporarily closed and all badge access would be suspended “to help ensure the safety of every employee as well as the Twitter system and customer data.”
The company’s office at Piccadilly Circus in London looked deserted on Friday, with no employees in sight.
Inside, any evidence the social media giant once occupied the building was wiped out. Security staff, who said renovations were underway, declined to comment further.
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The company said that employees who were not affected by the layoffs will be notified through their work email addresses. The memo states that employees who were laid off will be notified with the next steps on their personal email address.
A member of the security staff at Twitter’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin told reporters that no one was coming into the office on Friday and employees were told to stay home.
Another member of the security staff locked the revolving doors in front of the building, where about 500 members of staff worked before the layoffs began.
Some employees tweeted that their access to the company’s IT systems had been blocked and feared they had been shut down.
“Looks like I’m unemployed y’all. Just remotely logged out of my work laptop and removed from Slack,” tweeted a user with the account @SBkcrn, whose profile is the former senior community manager on Twitter. as described.
A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday against Twitter by its employees, who argued that the company was conducting mass layoffs without providing the required 60-day advance notice, in violation of federal and California law.
The lawsuit also asked a federal court in San Francisco to issue an order prohibiting Twitter employees from being shut down for signing documents without notifying them of the pending case.
According to two sources familiar with the matter and an internal Slack message reviewed by Reuters, Musk has instructed Twitter teams to explore up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings.
He has already cleared senior positions in the company by sacking the company’s chief executive and top finance and legal executives. Those sitting in the company’s advertising, marketing and human resources divisions, including others, have moved on throughout the past week.
Musk’s first week as the owner of Twitter has been full of chaos and uncertainty. Two company-wide meetings were scheduled, only to be canceled hours later. Employees told Reuters they were left to piece together information through media reports, private messaging groups and anonymous forums.
The layoffs, long expected, have cooled Twitter’s famously open corporate culture, which has been lauded by many of its employees.
“If you are in an office or going to the office, please return home,” Twitter said in an email on Thursday.
Two employees told Reuters that shortly after the employee arrived in the box of emails, hundreds of people flooded the company’s Slack channels to say goodbye. Sources said someone invited Musk to join the channel.