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Twitter Allegedly Asking Some Employees To Return Just Days After They Were Fired

Twitter appears to be regretting its decision of firing half of its 7,500-strong workforce, with it reportedly asking some of them to return mere days later.

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Citing two sources within the social media giant, Bloomberg (via Engadget) reports that management might have overlooked the experience of a number of the laid-off employees, some of whom may be essential in building the features Elon Musk wants for the platform. Meanwhile, there were also others who were said to be fired by accident.

“I wanted to pass along that we have the opportunity to ask folks that were left off if they will come back,” reads a message sent on Twitter’s internal Slack group, as shared by Platformer’s Casey Newton, who was the first to report the story on the company’s plan. “I need to put together names and rationales by 4PM PST Sunday.”


The company is supposedly in need of help developing for Android and iOS, according to one message.


The large-scale layoffs cut teams responsible for communications, content curation, accessibility, human rights and machine learning ethics, as well as those in charge of product and engineering.


The company’s former CEO Jack Dorsey took part of the blame for Musk’s decision, apologising to the affected employees in a tweet on Saturday.

“I realise many are angry with me,” the tech executive wrote. “I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly.”


Twitter has seemingly been plunged into chaos since Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, completed his US$44 billion acquisition of the company and took over as its chief. He first fired the company’s top executives, including former CEO Parag Agrawal, before doing the same to over 3,800 members of the staff. One Twitter employee based in Singapore described the process of the layoffs as "impersonal, unprofessional and hasty."


Musk also announced his plans to start charging verified users on the platform a monthly fee, which drew widespread scrutiny. Over the weekend, that new paid verification system started rolling out but was halted just a day later, with its launch being delayed until after the coming U.S. midterm elections.

 
  • Twitter appears to be regretting its decision to cut over half of its workforce, with it reportedly asking some of them to return mere days later.

  • Management reportedly overlooked the experience of a number of the laid-off employees, some of whom may be essential in building the features Elon Musk wants for the platform.

  • There were also others who were said to be fired by accident.

  • The company is supposedly in need of help developing for Android and iOS.

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