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According to the Washington Post, up to 50% of Twitter’s payroll could be laid off by the social network’s new boss, Elon Musk, on Friday morning. The company confirmed to its employees Thursday evening that it would make an announcement the following day.
“We will begin the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” Twitter told its employees Thursday, November 3 in an email seen by AFP, confirming the rumors that have been circulating since Elon Musk bought the network. social a week ago.
The message says all employees will receive information by Friday morning when business opens in California, but does not specify how many people will be affected. According to the Washington Post, the new leader plans to lay off about 50% of the approximately 7,500 employees.
“We recognize that a number of individuals who have made notable contributions to Twitter are going to be affected, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success in the future,” the company told 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 the next steps on your personal email”, indicates the message sent Thursday, reminding everyone to check their box. mail “including your spam”.
Computer scientists judged on production volume
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars and took control last Thursday, after six months of a very eventful acquisition. He immediately disbanded the board of directors, fired the chief executive and other senior officials, and launched major projects with goals to be accomplished quickly. Several engineers reported having to sleep on site some nights.
Elon Musk, who first renamed himself “Chief Twit” (“twit” meaning “moron” in English), then “Twitter hotline switchboard operator”, brought in Tesla developers on Friday to switch to reviews the work of Twitter employees. Many engineers had to print out the last lines of code they produced, according to an employee who spoke on condition of anonymity. Lists comparing computer scientists with each other, mainly on the basis of production volume, have also been established, according to another employee.
“The ongoing layoff process is a farce and disgrace. Tesla minions making decisions on people they know nothing about except the number of lines of code produced. This is complete nonsense,” Taylor tweeted on Sunday. Leese, the manager of an engineering team who said he was fired.
On Thursday, more and more employees of the tweeting network were expressing their dismay or making humor. “The mass layoffs haven’t happened yet and yet everyone on Twitter has already lost their jobs. The work that was in their contract, the work they loved, the work with all the co-workers they have come to know and appreciate,” said Eli Schutze, a London-based Twitter IT specialist, according to her profile. “It’s the start of a blank slate no matter which side you fall on,” she added.
The measure confirms the shift in corporate culture widely anticipated for the Californian company under the leadership of Elon Musk. Several executives resigned on their own this week and more than 700 people have already left this summer, of their own free will, according to an employee.
The whimsical entrepreneur indeed advocates a vision of freedom of expression which requires relaxing the moderation rules for the platform’s content, in disagreement with the approach of many employees, users and NGOs.
Some employees were also worried about the idea of no longer being able to work from home – Elon Musk disapproves of teleworking – or having to follow hellish speeds like at Tesla.