The boss of Tesla and SpaceX would plan to lay off 75% of Twitter employees if his offer to buy the social network Twitter materializes. This information comes from the American daily washington post who got wind of a possible reduction in the workforce to 2,000 people instead of the current 7,500. Elon Musk would consider it essential to go through this drastic measure to reach one billion Twitter subscribers, or at least four times more than today.
During his purchase offer last April, the billionaire had nevertheless assured that the profitability of the social network was not his priority and that he wanted to defend freedom of expression with a more flexible moderation of content, while the On the contrary, Twitter employees want more supervision, in particular to limit hate speech, misinformation and spam.
For the time being, Elon Musk is awaiting the agreement of a consortium of banks in order to obtain a loan of 12.5 billion dollars which would allow him to finalize the acquisition transaction. After months of bitter legal battle, the completion of the purchase is scheduled for October 28. The conflict between Elon Musk and the staff of Twitter would then only begin.