Cultural changes are unfolding at Twitter, a massive social media presence on the internet, and the left is not handling it well as they watch their idols being fired after years of ultimate domination of the content there.
Twitter staff are bracing for a jobs bloodbath as new owner Elon Musk looks set to cull 3,700 workers around the world following his dramatic $44billion takeover.
The media is showing that Musk will be cutting around half of the workforce, with staff at the social media giant set to discover their fates at 9am PST.
The jokes on the left have just begun, and there is little sympathy for the radicals who are going to get their ‘pink slips’.
Hey, @elonmusk. Lay off the nerds. I'll help you run Twitter for free.
— U.S. Ministry of Truth (@USMiniTru) November 4, 2022
Those in the San Francisco building are anxiously waiting for an email with the subject ‘Your Role at Twitter’ to drop into their inboxes by 9am today, while those in New York will find out their fates at 12pm.
“Staff in London and Manchester will receive the news in the same way, by 4pm local time in the UK, with many finding themselves locked out of their accounts when they woke up. Members of staff have reported being logged out of their work accounts and locked out of laptops while the company sealed offices for all of its employees, as Elon Musk began to make sweeping layoffs on Friday,” the Daily Mail reported, adding:
“Sacked workers are suing Musk for not giving enough notice of the mass job cuts, with some posting sentimental messages to the platform after being told they were to be unemployed.
Offices in the UK and US have been shut down for the day by Musk, who warned employees that their buildings would be locked and all staff badge access will be suspended in order ‘to help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”
As part of his plan to drive down costs at the company the world’s richest man announced the cuts internally with an email, as employees banded together on internal channels to say goodbye.
Workers say the company eliminating workers without enough notice is in violation of federal and California law, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing a class-action lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court.
As the layoffs began, sacked Twitter employees posted on the platform under the ‘#OneTeam’ hashtag about their final hours at the company, expressing a mixture of anger and sadness, and gratitude for their time working there.
Simon Balmain, whose Twitter profile said he was a ‘former Senior Community Manager’ at the company, wrote: ‘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.’
He said he received an email saying there would be mass layoffs, ‘and then around an hour later, folks started getting their laptops remotely wiped and access to Slack and Gmail revoked.’
Another user named Johann told his followers: ‘Heya I just lost access to all my Twitter logins so I guess that’s it.’
Another by the name of Miryam wrote: ‘Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.’ She wrote the message along-side a picture of her posing in front of a large blue Twitter bird mounted on a wall at the offices.
Karen Zapata, another employee, posted a picture of her laptop screen, having been locked out. ‘This gray screen could have been a meeting,’ she wrote – suggesting she was unhappy with how impersonal the sacking was.
In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday. 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.
Given the nature of our distributed workforce and our desire to inform impacted individuals as quickly as possible, communications for this process will take place via email. By 9AM PST on Friday Nov. 4th, everyone will receive an individual email with the subject line: Your Role at Twitter. Please check your email, including your spam folder.
If your employment is not impacted, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email.
If your employment is impacted, you will receive a notification with next steps via your personal email.
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. If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home.
We acknowledge this is an incredibly challenging experience to go through, whether or not you are impacted. Thank you for continuing to adhere to Twitter policies that prohibit you from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere.
We are grateful for your contributions to Twitter and for your patience as we move through this process.
— source: The Washington Post
Kushal Dave is one of the only employees to say that he is ‘happy’ to be laid off, but was quick to slam Musk for the way he conducted his takeover – calling him ‘Voldemort’