- Long-dreaded layoffs are finally happening at Twitter
- Part of the #StopToxicTwitter coalition
- Employees sue Musk over lack of notice for firings
- Laid off on Twitter under the hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked.
Twitter, owned by billionaire Elon Musk for less than a week, is implementing the long-feared layoffs. They have prompted a lawsuit from staff and a boycott demand from advertisers.
Jessica González, the CEO of Free Press, a member of the #StopToxicTwitter alliance, stated that she and the leaders of over 40 other organizations met with Elon Musk earlier this week.
“He pledged to maintain and implement Twitter’s election integrity policies in effect before to his takeover. Today’s massive layoffs demonstrate that his actions contradict his statements “González.
She claimed that Musk was dismantling Twitter’s investment in fact-checking, moderators, and policy, which might lead to the spread of more hazardous disinformation so close to Election Day.
“Twitter was already a hellscape before to Musk’s leadership. His actions over the previous week will only exacerbate the situation “González stated.
Several large sponsors, including General Motors and Pfizer, have halted advertising on Twitter since Musk assumed control. Almost the majority of Twitter’s income comes from advertisements.
Employees are suing Musk over lack of termination notice.
A small group of Twitter employees moved swiftly to file a class action lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco.
According to the complaint, Twitter violates California and federal employment law by terminating employees without proper notice. Before performing mass layoffs, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) mandates a 60-day notice.
The company declined to comment on the number of employees laid off or which divisions were most hit. Still, an internal company email instructed employees to remain at home on Friday and await an email regarding their employment status.
Using the hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked, former employees tweeted about being laid off.
They thanked their teams and managers, lamented the loss of the business culture they cherished, and expressed concern for coworkers who would lose health insurance or work visas.
Other users jumped in, labelling Twitter employees “government stooges” and criticizing the company’s prior leadership’s content moderation and policy decisions.
Musk has long complained about Twitter’s approximately 7,500 employees. I recent years, the company’s size increased while it struggled financially.
Musk sacked a number of Twitter’s top executives, including its CEO, CFO, and top lawyers, last week. H also dissolved the board of directors.