Twitter layoffs: Former staff reveal how they bought fired

Twitter staff braced themselves for a fateful electronic mail on Friday because the platform’s new proprietor, Elon Musk, knowledgeable a large swath of staffers that their jobs had been eradicated.

Musk, who took possession of the social-media big final week, deliberate to remove about 3,700 jobs at Twitter, or half of the social media firm’s workforce, in a bid to reel in prices.

The transfer was anticipated with the Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s $44-billion acquisition of the corporate however was stunning nonetheless. It comes days after Musk instructed verified customers that they wanted to pay $8 a month to maintain their blue checkmarks, celebrities and politicians included.

Some former staff filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday night time alleging that Twitter is in violation of the federal and California Employee Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act). The lawsuit got here as the corporate despatched out an electronic mail informing staff that they’d obtain directions about their future with the corporate.

Right here’s how a few of the self-proclaimed “tweeps” took the information, lots of whom used the hashtags #OneTeam and #LoveWhereYouWorked to point out solidarity.

“Looks like I’m unemployed y’all. Just got remotely logged out of my work laptop and removed from Slack. #OneTeam forever. Loved you all so much. So sad it had to end this way” — @SBkcrn

“Just got a text telling me I’m remotely logged out of my work laptop and removed from Twitter Slack. Which is to say the least surprising, apparently I have been working at Twitter for the last two years without even realising it.” #OneTeam — @MuteDialog

“It’s been a year working at a place I never imagined I’ll ever get to work.I’m glad that I could represent for Africa & I didn’t let us down. My best career experience by far & it was beautiful whilst it lasted.Much love to all the amazing tweeps that made it worth it. #OneTeam” — @mistameister

“Twitter was the first corporate company I worked for where I didn’t feel alone. Thats because of the amazing people I worked with! You wouldn’t fully understand the culture unless you were there. #OneTeam” — @ShawnaCodes

“I got the email… I still have a job but I stayed up last night watching hard-working, talented, caring people get logged out one by one and I don’t know what to say. Tweeps, you are remarkable. #OneTeam #TwitterLayoffs” —@elibelly

“wont get to Tweet it, but here it is – the last @Twitter Tweet from my team and I Love y’all and thank you for the honor of a lifetime #OneTeam” — @Phonz

“Twitter’s internal slack right now is one long stream of blue one team hearts – the symbol of goodbye” — @lizzadwoskin

“the fact that the first thing tweeps did when layoffs were finally, officially announced was to send so many heart emojis that we broke slack says everything no one else knows about this place. #OneTeam” — @emcorinne

“well, my entire team just got locked out. officially an ex-Tweep. it’s been a wild ride #OneTeam” — @neeks_cap

Elon Musk, seen in 2020, took possession of Twitter final week.

(Hannibal Hanschke / Related Press)

“My name is Gonzalo Lira and I am one of the faces of these Twitter layoffs. It’s not a joke guys im a person. I coach little league. I go on walks with my wife. I am a drone hobbies. I helped design that little flag for Ukraine. For what? Baffling. #OneTeam #lovewhereyouworked” — @strangertemple

“Well this isn’t looking promising. Can’t log into emails. Mac wont turn on. But so grateful this is happening at 3am. Really appreciate the thoughtfulness on the timing front guys. Meanwhile to everyone else at Twitter, you’re the best #OneTeam” — @ChrisYounie

“It’s official I’m out. Absolutely enjoyed my time and being able to be me everyday at work. My team has been fantastic and grateful I had the pleasure of working with them #LoveWhereYouWorked #OneTeam” — @TechD0C

“I’ve worked at Twitter for most of my adult life. It was a great place, full of the smartest people who all truly cared about their work and each other. I’m not sure what tomorrow brings, but I’m sad to see today go. #OneTeam” — @jcmi

“Rooting for all Tweeps, especially my brilliant Curation team, who worked relentlessly to ensure users had access to relevant, accurate info daily. The fight for healthy media platforms continues, but working with you has been the greatest honor #OneTeam” — @gwenfaviles