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Twitter begins layoffs Friday – internal Reuters email

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¬©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of the Twitter logo at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 28, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By Sheila Dang, Katie Paul and Paresh Dave

(Reuters) – Twitter will email employees on Friday whether they have been laid off, temporarily closing offices and preventing staff access, after a week of uncertainty over the company’s future under new owner Elon Musk.

The social media company said in an email to employees that it would notify employees of downsizing by 9 a.m. Pacific Time (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) on Friday.

“To put Twitter on a healthy path, on Friday we will go through the difficult process of shedding our global workforce,” read the email, sent out on Thursday and seen by Reuters.

Twitter said its offices will be temporarily closed and access to all identification will be suspended to “help ensure the security of every employee, as well as Twitter’s systems and customer data.”

The social media platform said Twitter employees unaffected by the layoffs will be notified via their work email addresses.

Employees who have been laid off will be notified with next steps to their personal email addresses, the memo said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The announcement of layoffs caps a week of purges by Musk as he called for deep cost cuts and imposed an aggressive new work ethic on the social media company.

He has instructed Twitter’s teams to find up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings, according to two sources familiar with the matter and an internal Slack message verified by Reuters.

He had already vacated the top ranks of the company and fired the CEO and the chief financial and legal officers. Others, including those who sit at the helm of the company’s advertising, marketing and human resources departments, have departed in the past week.

Musk’s first week as Twitter owner was one of chaos and uncertainty. Two company-wide meetings were scheduled, canceled just hours later. Employees told Reuters they had to compile information through media reports, private messaging groups and anonymous forums.

The long-awaited layoffs have shattered Twitter’s notoriously open company culture, which its employees adore.

Shortly after the email hit Twitter employees’ inboxes, hundreds of people flooded the company’s Slack channels to say goodbye, two employees told Reuters. Someone invited Musk to join the channel, the sources said.

“If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home,” Twitter said in Thursday’s email.

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