Twitter employees around the world received an email around 4 a.m. IST on November 4 informing them that if their roles are impacted by the downsizing, they will lose access to Twitter’s internal systems such as Slack, emails, and so on.
According to a lawyer close to the company, some employees chose to put in their papers voluntarily in anticipation of the layoffs. In September of this year, the company underwent a round of downsizing.
Sources also confirmed that members of Twitter’s Curation team, which curates content for the Twitter Moments feature, had been laid off. Communications, Global Content Partnerships, Sales and Ad Revenue, Engineering, and Product are also affected. According to a source close to the company, all or at least half of the employees in these teams have been laid off.
According to an ex-employee who was among those laid off, some contractual employees who were not on full-time company rolls were also retained.
“Just got laid off. Bird App, it was an absolute honour, the greatest privilege ever to be a part of this team, this culture,” Yash Agarwal, who previously worked on the company’s Public Policy team, tweeted about it.
“It’s been an honor to be a part of this team and this organization. It gives me immense gratitude to be able to call you folks my colleagues and my friends,” Shifalika Yogi, who worked as a senior client account manager at Twitter, wrote about it. “It’s been an amazing ride,” she added.
The first round of layoffs at Twitter began on Friday, following a formal email sent by the company on Thursday in which it reportedly asked employees around the world to stay at home and wait for another email in which they would be updated on the status of their job.
“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce,” the email to employees stated.
According to a July report by Statista, Twitter employed approximately 7,500 people as of December 2021, up from 5,500 the previous year.
According to Bloomberg and Reuters, Twitter’s new owner and CEO Elon Musk plan to lay off half of the company’s workforce.
According to a WSJ report, Musk fired top Twitter executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and legal and policy head Vijaya Gadde after the $44 billion deal was completed last week. Following the firing of top executives, several top executives, including CMO Leslie Berland, left the company.