Guess they’d better learn to code.
Twitter employees, using the very platform they work for, were beside themselves over reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk will fire 75% of their total workforce if he becomes the company’s new owner.
Documents obtained by the Washington Post along with interviews suggest Musk “told prospective investors in his deal to buy the company that he planned to get rid of nearly 75 percent of Twitter’s 7,500 workers.”
Such a move would reduce staffing to roughly 2,000 employees.
The big tech company, even without Musk’s takeover, was seeking to cut payroll by $800 million by the end of next year, a move that would still eliminate a quarter of the workforce.
Musk said he will cut nearly 75 percent of Twitter’s staff if he takes control. The move would drastically affect user experience. https://t.co/JTqxFCt6CX
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 20, 2022
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After the report that Elon Musk could fire a significant portion of the Twitter workforce became public, employees were beside themselves. Ironically, they tweeted their disgust.
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Matt Walker, a product designer for Twitter, tweeted about the “drama” unfolding behind the scenes of Musk’s potential takeover, concluding “billionaires are assholes.”
Twitter and Mailchimp drama in one day? What’s the common thread… Billionaires are assholes.
— Matt Walker (@apixelpusher) October 20, 2022
One woman whose bio defines her as having a ‘revenue finance’ position with Twitter wondered, “Y’all don’t care about me?”
These quote retweets wild. Y’all don’t care about me??? https://t.co/Gn9x7rFGQn pic.twitter.com/GzpJVBcBRt
— what’s the 411, hun? (@NKikiGotit) October 20, 2022
Parker Lyons, a senior financial analyst at Twitter, shared several memes, one of which indicated employees would be getting a disrespectful severance package.
Lyons also posted a tweet reading, “When you realize you are the 75%” along with a clip of Magic Johnson shaking his head and saying “I’m not gonna be here.”
when you realize you are the 75%
— parker lyons (@tweetsbyparker) October 20, 2022
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Worried About ‘Misinformation’
I’m not quite sure what all the commotion is about over there at Twitter headquarters.
After all, this is the same workforce that, upon hearing that Elon Musk wanted to purchase Twitter, felt like they were “going to throw up” because they really “don’t wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk.”
Its “absolutely insane” @ Twitter right now in the virtual valves of private slack rooms & employee group texts, according to an internal source. Their take/breakdown just now:
“I feel like im going to throw up..I rly don’t wanna work for a company that is owned by Elon Musk”…1/
— talmon joseph smith (@talmonsmith) April 25, 2022
The Daily Mail at the time reported that Twitter employees were terrified that if Musk bought the company they’d have to physically go in to work.
“Employees bombarded the site and internal message boards with attacks on Musk, and raised fears they would now be forced to stop working from home under the new regime,” they wrote.
Doesn’t appear that showing up to the office will be much of a problem for 75% of them going forward.
Good news. Hope @elonmusk will fire everyone at Twitter who is responsible for censoring “covid misinformation,” because they’ve suspended and shadow-banned some very informative accounts, some anonymous & some well-known scientists, who were often proven right over the years. https://t.co/zzeLVXrzfO
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) October 21, 2022
The Washington Post reports that drastic cuts to the Twitter workforce would “possibly cripple(d) the service’s ability to combat misinformation, hate speech, and spam,” as if those are the real problems with Twitter, rather than the censorship.
They had roughly 7,500 employees when the platform suppressed true news in the form of a Hunter Biden laptop. They had a bloated staff when Twitter was de-platforming people who doubted the efficacy of the COVID vaccine.
Pretty certain they can screw it up just as bad with just a fraction of the same people.
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