Twitter, owned by Elon Musk, continues to lay off employees.
Reports indicate that Twitter suddenly and without warning let go of thousands of independent workers over the weekend. Substack, Platformer writer Casey Newtown revealed on Sunday that out of Twitter’s 5,500 contract workers, roughly 4,400 were let go. According to Newton, the contractors were not given any advance notice and instead had their access to Slack and email abruptly revoked.
There will be “severe harm to content moderation and the fundamental infrastructure functions that keep the site up and running,” Newton said on Twitter. Afterward, Axios reported that many contractors at Twitter had been let off, including those responsible for content moderation.
As Twitter’s CEO, Musk has presided through the chaos, hastily implemented ideas, and widespread staff reductions. Even though no one likes losing their job, the recent round of layoffs at Twitter has hit staff particularly hard. Half of the company’s full-time workers were let go, and then they were reportedly invited to come back because business was lagging behind them. Everything was handled through automated, indifferent emails. Those who work there say morale is at an all-time low. This means that Twitter has lost even more of its most valuable employees. Musk reportedly indicated the company is struggling financially (he spent a stunning $44 billion for it) and needs to make up ground with a reduced staff. Instability appears to be around for a while.