Elon Musk sends emails to employees announcing layoffs
Twitter began layoffs Friday that will cut roughly half of its 7,500-person workforce, the company said in an email.
“Today is your last day at the company,” reads the email, which was reviewed by ABC News. The subject line read “Your role on Twitter” and was sent to the personal email addresses of those who were fired.
The email reiterated that about 50% of Twitter’s workforce was affected.
Those laid off will remain employed by Twitter and receive compensation and benefits until the first week of January 2023, although the date may vary for employees. Affected employees were already disconnected from their Twitter systems, such as email and Slack.
These employees should receive a non-negotiable severance offer within a week, according to the email. At that time they will be asked to surrender their badges and company laptops or computers.
Documents attached to the email include Q&A which again states that severance pay cannot be individually negotiated. The severance pay will include one month’s basic salary.
“In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” the company previously wrote in an email to employees Thursday, obtained by ABC News.
“We recognize that this will affect many individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s progress,” the email continued.
The Washington Post was the first to report the email to employees.
Employees were told, in a company email Thursday, that they would receive a notification on their Twitter email if their employment was not affected. If they did, a notification with the next steps would be sent to their personal email.
In a company email, Twitter said its offices were temporarily closed and “all access to badges will be suspended.”
“We recognize that this is an incredibly challenging experience to go through, regardless of whether you are affected or not,” the company said.
Three now-former Twitter employees told ABC News they received an email Thursday evening confirming the layoffs. They said they were immediately locked out of all their business accounts and emails and no longer have access to them.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk closed the deal to buy Twitter last week.
Musk — the world’s richest person, according to Forbes — reportedly bought Twitter at its original offer price of $54.20 per share for a total price of roughly $44 billion.
A source familiar with the matter confirmed Musk’s deal with Twitter to ABC News on Oct. 28. Some of Twitter’s top executives have been fired, including CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, general counsel Vijay Gadde and general counsel Sam Edgett, and the company is likely to launch an internal investigation, according to the source.
Musk said last week that he would hold off on any significant content moderation or account reinstatement decisions until a new board dedicated to these issues is formed.
“Twitter will form a content moderation council with very diverse viewpoints,” Musk tweeted. “No major decisions on content or bill rollbacks will happen before that council meets.”
ABC News’ Taylor Dunn, Max Zahn, Santina Leuci and Zunaira Zaki contributed to this report.
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