Twitter starts a wave of layoffs, employees take legal action
by Sheila Dang
(Reuters) – Twitter will notify its employees by 9 a.m. Pacific time (1600 GMT) on Friday whether or not their jobs will be cut, according to an internal email sent on Thursday, another episode in a week of uncertainty over the future of the social network since it was taken over by Elon Musk.
“To get Twitter on track, we must begin a difficult process of downsizing on Friday,” the email read, seen by Reuters.
Bloomberg agency reported on Friday that employees of the social network have filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court in San Francisco challenging Elon Musk’s plan to lay off about half the workforce because their employer violated California law.
The social network also explains in the email that its offices will be temporarily closed and access badges disabled to “ensure the security of every employee and Twitter’s systems and customer data.”
Employees who will remain in their jobs will be notified via email to their work email address, and those who will be fired will receive a notification to their personal email address, it said.
The job cuts come after billionaire Elon Musk bought the social network for $44 billion and called for deep cost cuts and an aggressive new corporate culture.
According to two sources familiar with the matter, as well as an exchange via internal professional messaging service Slack that Reuters was able to read, Elon Musk urged Twitter teams to find up to $1 billion in infrastructure savings annually.
(Report by Sheila Dang, Katie Paul, Paresh Dave, Fanny Potkin and Shivani Tanna in Bangalore; French version by Camille Raynaud and Myriam Rivet, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)
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