A week after the acquisition, the new head of Twitter, Elon Musk, decided to fire almost half of the employees out of a total of 7,500 people. Some of them have filed a collective complaint to try to oppose this massive layoff.
The news just came. It is through a simple email that half of the 7,500 employees at Twitter learned on Thursday, November 3 that they would lose their jobs, reports the Washington Post. News that confirms a rumor that has circulated since the takeover of the company by billionaire Elon Musk, who intends to reshape his new company in his own way.
“We will begin the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” employees were warned in a message. The email adds that all employees will receive information Friday morning when the California office opens.
“We recognize that a number of people who have made notable contributions to Twitter will be affected, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s future success,” the new CEO said.
Elon Musk imposes his new policy
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who bought Twitter for $44 billion and took control of it last Thursday, after six months of a very eventful acquisition, wanted to quickly make his mark on the company.
After his inauguration, Elon Musk immediately dissolved the board and fired the CEO as well as other senior officials. The billionaire also informed his employees that he wanted to launch large projects with goals that needed to be achieved quickly. Several engineers reported having to sleep on site some nights.
Elon Musk, who first renamed himself “Chief Twit” (twit meaning “cretin” in English), then “Twitter hotline operator,” brought in Tesla developers on Friday to review the work of Twitter employees. Many engineers had to print out the last lines of code they had done, and lists were also drawn up comparing computer scientists, mainly on the basis of production volume, says one employee.
The employees file a complaint
Faced with this radical news, a number of employees have already filed a collective complaint in federal court in San Francisco, Bloomberg reports, claiming that Twitter is carrying out these layoffs in violation of US law, which obliges large companies to carry out mass layoffs with two months’ notice to the affected employees.
The move confirms the change in corporate culture widely expected of the Californian company under the leadership of Elon Musk. Several executives resigned on their own this week, and more than 700 people have already left this summer of their own free will.
The quirky entrepreneur actually advocates a vision of freedom of expression that calls for easing moderation rules on the platform’s content, at odds with many employees, users and NGOs.
The manager also announced the upcoming launch of an $8 per month subscription for users who want to get their account certified. This decision caused an outcry among many affected subscribers.