Twitter employees are investigating whether they were fired today — a week after Elon Musk’s acquisition.
The social network’s offices are temporarily closed globally and workers will find out their fate at 4pm UK time.
Those who lose their jobs will receive an email to their personal email address, while employees who remain will receive an email to their work account.
The company employs around 8,000 people in total and has staff in London and Manchester.
“In order to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of laying off our global workforce on Friday,” an internal memo said.
“We recognize that this will affect the many individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but unfortunately this action is necessary to ensure the success of the company moving forward,” it said.
“If you are at the office or on your way to the office, please go home,” it added.
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Twitter It said it would suspend all badge access “to help keep every employee and Twitter’s systems and customer data secure.”
A Twitter employee told NBC News that this is the first message employees have received since Musk bought the company on Oct. 27.
“It’s total chaos, the house is falling down and everyone is looking at this email,” they said.
Employees have started sharing messages of support with each other on Twitter, using the workplace hashtag #OneTeam – one tweet: “Just lost access to my Twitter email and Slack. This is so unreal.”
Twitter is being sued over layoffs, Bloomberg reported, citing a class-action lawsuit filed in a San Francisco court. Employees allege that the company violated federal and California law because employees were not given adequate notice.
The company reportedly assured employees last month that it had no plans for mass layoffs. musk He wants to cut 75% of his 7,500 staff following his $44bn (£38.4bn) takeover.
The Washington Post reports that layoffs are inevitable, claiming plans to cut Twitter’s payroll by around $800 million (£715 million) by the end of next year.
Musk has ordered Twitter’s team to save up to $1bn (£895m) a year in infrastructure costs.
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he already Fired the top leadership of the social media companywhich he accused of misleading him about the number of spam accounts on the platform.
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He also revealed plans to move Twitter’s verification badges to paid subscriptions, $8 per month as part of a Twitter Blue membership
Musk updated his Twitter bio to read “Chief Twit” — which later changed to “Twitter complaint line operator” — and said he bought the company not to make more money, but to “try to Help the people I love”.