Elon Musk has finally begun firing Twitter employees on a mass level. This move comes only a few days after taking the role of CEO. According to Musk, the mass layoffs were necessary to take the company “on a healthy path” and ensure the company’s success in the future.
Affected employees received an email (obtained by The Washington Post) from the company with the subject line: “Your Role at Twitter.” Those who did not receive the email were told to follow up with the company. The company has also informed its employees that offices will be temporarily closed, and all badge access will be suspended. You can read the email sent out to the impacted below.
In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday. We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.
Given the nature of our distributed workforce and our desire to inform impacted individuals as quickly as possible, communications for this process will take place via email. By 9AM PST on Friday Nov. 4th, everyone will receive an individual email with the subject line: Your Role at Twitter. Please check your email, including your spam folder.
If your employment is not impacted, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email.
If your employment is impacted, you will receive a notification with next steps via your personal email.
If you do not receive an email from twitter-hr@ by 5PM PST on Friday Nov. 4th, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data, our offices will be temporarily closed and all badge access will be suspended. If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home.
We acknowledge this is an incredibly challenging experience to go through, whether or not you are impacted. Thank you for continuing to adhere to Twitter policies that prohibit you from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.
We are grateful for your contributions to Twitter and for your patience as we move through this process.
Elon Musk has already instructed Twitter employees to introduce some radical changes to Twitter, including a new verification system, which will now be part of the Blue subscription package. The paid subscription model is also being revamped to include many new features, and in return, you will pay a monthly fee of $8. Musk is also expected to enable the Edit feature for everyone this week.