Twitter – Bam! Collectief op het macadam!
Over Twitter gingen woensdag de geruchten in een hogere versnelling. Intern leek men er van overtuigd dat vrijdag Bijltjesdag was. Dat klopte.
Het zou gaan om de helft, wat minder was dan eerdere geruchten, die onze staatsomroep gretig aanhaalde:
De NOS beschouwt het klaarblijkelijk als een gouden gelegenheid om de noodzakelijke schoonmaak in een slecht daglicht te stellen:
Just minutes after the world’s richest man has reportedly closed the $44 billion deal, The NYTimes reports that, according to sources that declined to be identified, the Twitter executives who were fired include:
- Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief executive,
- Ned Segal, the chief financial officer,
- Sean Edgett, the general counsel, and
- Vijaya Gadde, the top legal and policy executive, (or censorship czar).
Sabotage bleek al te werken:
Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists.
Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 4, 2022
On Thursday we noted that several brands have ‘paused’ advertising campaigns with Twitter – including food giant General Mills, Oreo maker Mondelez, pandemic profiteers Pfizer and Volkswagen’s Audi.
Indeed, with the abruptness of a guillotine, the company’s 7,500 employees were suddenly notified in a Thursday email that the layoffs had begun.
According to the NY Times, workers were instructed to go home and not come back on Friday as the cuts proceeded.
“In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global work force,” read the email. “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.”
According to previous internal messages and an investor, around half of Twitter’s employees were just laid off – however the final number is unknown. On Wednesday employees circulated a message on Slack that suggested 3,738 people could be fired, but that changes could still be made to the list.
De ophef over de massa-ontslagen bij Twitter gaat verder dan gekift vanuit de staatsomroep:
Musk brought over 50 engineers and employees from his other businesses – including Tesla – to assist with the firings.
The Times then cites some ‘industry’ insider who said there was “nothing visionary or innovative about summarily firing workers by email,” because Musk is firing people with “specialized expertise and de institutional knowledge” before he “even seems to have a basic grasp of the business.”
Or, he’s completely wrong and Musk’s team of 50 were able to figure out how to fire 3,500 people based on contributions.
Er is in ieder geval over nagedacht:
As the Times further points out, keeping employees out of the office on Friday means that laid off workers can’t take any items from the company (or sabotage it).
“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,” the email continues.
Meer over Twitter vindt u hier.