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Twitter Has Begun Laying Off Up to 3,700 Employees, Is Now Being Sued For It

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Twitter and its new owner Elon Musk have begun the layoff process at the company which may see up to 3,700 employees losing their jobs. In response, Twitter is being sued for not giving enough notice for the layoffs as it is said to be in violation of federal and California law. Furthermore, advertisers are beginning to pause spending as the situation develops.

As reported by Bloomberg, Twitter sent out an internal memo saying, “In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday.” The company said it would notify its employees by e-mail by 9am PT on Friday, November 4. These employees were given three scenarios as to what to expect;

  • 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
  • If you do not receive an email from [email protected] by 5pm PST on Friday Nov. 4, please email [email protected]

“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,” the memo said.

The memo continued on to say that the offices will be closed during this process alongside all badge access being suspended to “ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”

“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,” the memo said.

Shannon LIss-Riordan, the attorney who filed a class-action lawsuit in California against Twitter, said it appears some employees will get severance pay for two months.

“It looks like employees are getting their notices and at least some will be paid until January 4,” Liss-Riordan said. “I am pleased that Elon Musk learned something from the lawsuit we brought against him at Tesla and is making an effort to comply with the WARN Act. We filed this case preemptively to make sure a repeat of that violation did not happen.”

Alongside being sued for this process, Twitter is also seeing some of its big advertisers – including Volkwagen AG, Pfizer Inc., and General Mills inc. – pause their spending on the platform.

Musk has responded to these pausings, saying Twitter has seen a “massive drop in revenue” due to pressure from “activist groups.”

“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,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.”

Rumors and reports of these layoffs have been circling for some time now, with the number reaching up to 5,500 jobs. Musk officially completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter on October 28, and has already been making other controversial moves like planning to charge $8 for verification on the platform.

Some Twitter employees have already begun to join unions ahead of the cuts and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has created a resource for “former Twitter employees who want to connect and ‘figure out what’s next.'”


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for . You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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