Elon Musk’s Twitter Mass Layoffs Have Begun: ‘Has The Red Wedding Started?’

Elon Musk’s Twitter Mass Layoffs Have Begun: ‘Has The Red Wedding Started?’

Twitter layoffs began. The layoffs are taking place a week after Elon Musk bought Twitter, the world’s most powerful man and CEO of companies like SpaceX and Tesla.

Musk has already fired top executives including former CEO Parag Agrawal and has moved to lay off about half of Twitter’s 7,500-person global workforce.

Elon Musk Lays Off Twitter Employees

On Thursday, Twitter employees were told they would find out whether or not they were laid off on Friday — and a host of people did.

An official Twitter layoff email reads, in part: per Insider .

” Twitter has announced that it is reducing its workforce to improve its health. These are difficult decisions and we regret to inform you that your position at Twitter has been affected.

Today is your last working day at the company, however, you will remain employed by Twitter and will receive compensation and benefits through your separation date of February 2, 2023. The email confirms that employees will be paid severance or compensation.

Laid off employees now post to Twitter using the hashtags #lovewhereyouworkedand #oneteam.

And just like that, I’m out . Thank you for everything, @Twitter. I’ll miss you

— London Lee (@londo_lee) November 4, 2022

Just got laid off.
Bird App, it was an absolute honour, the greatest privilege ever to be a part of this team, this culture #LoveWhereYouWorked #LoveTwitter pic.twitter.com/bVPQxtncIg

— Yash Agarwal(@yashagarwalm) November 4, 2022

As Musk was going to buy the company, there were reports that he would cut 75% of staff. The accounts were denied by the new Twitter CEO.

However, a Slack message circulated Wednesday implied 3,738 would be fired, about half of the company’s employees, the New York Times reported. According to the outlet, a worker asked on Slack if the “Red Wedding” had begun. A few minutes later, Twitter sent an email to all employees informing them that layoff notifications were starting Friday.

Here’s the first official communication from Twitter’s new leadership to its staff, a week after Musk took over: a fun game where you get to find out if you’re laid off or not based by 9am tomorrow, based on whether the email pops up in your Twitter account or personal account. pic.twitter.com/tpJsAkiaHp

— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) November 4, 2022

“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” the email said. The email stated that workers would be notified by email if they were laid off. If they were still employed, they would also receive an email.

“We recognize that this is a difficult experience to go through, regardless of whether you are impacted.” The company email concluded.

“It’s a break-up by text,” one employee affected by the layoffs told Insider.

The removals began before the Friday 9 a.m. email. Many people assumed they were on the list to be cut when their accounts were locked out.

“By closer to 11 pm PT, more than 1,000 people at Twitter had lost their jobs, according to employees and messages seen by Insider,” the outlet wrote.

Twitter employees said goodbye on Slack, and people hung around the company’s office on Thursday having drinks, per the NYT.

There are also questions about whether the company followed WARN ACT. In California’s version, employers are required to give notice 60 days before a “mass layoff. “

As of Thursday, California’s Employment Development Department has not received the relevant notice from Musk, it told the NYT.

A Twitter employee who said they were fired Tuesday filed a related class action lawsuit Thursday.

Some people are not sorry to see it go. Insider heard from a laid-off worker that she was relieved.

Others are worried about severance payments, particularly if they are planning to start families soon.

Some employees I’m hearing from at Twitter are desperate to get laid off and get severance. It is a toxic work environment.

Some people are afraid to speak out against Elon, as they don’t want the possibility of being fired for cause (disagreeing with Elon) and losing their severance.

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 4, 2022

It’s also clear it will be a different culture for those who remain. According to the Times, Twitter’s monthly Days of Rest were removed from calendars. One employee Tweeted a picture of herself sleeping at the office.

Twitter didn’t respond to a request to comment.

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