“Dozens” of Twitter employees who were reportedly given notice on Friday were asked to return over the weekend, this comes after Twitter had laid off about 3,700 its employees. Those called back are only a few of the thousands who were fired following Elon Musk’s acquisition of the app and website.
Accounts of an internal email detailing the layoffs obtained by The New York Timesand The Washington Post, reported that as of Thursday night US time Twitter had closed its offices and made it impossible for staff to access them with key cards. Elon Musk announced that the company staff that layoffs would begin on Saturday.
However, on Saturday Bloomberg reported that those being asked back were apparently laid off by mistake, while others who were dumped were actually necessary to Twitter’s financial outlook.
Twitter also fired employees in its multi-national branches. In India, Local media reported that over 90 percent of employees in the country were let go over the weekend leaving about a dozen staff out of around 200 staff . It is claimed 70 percent of the layoffs were made in product and engineering departments, as well as; marketing, public policy, and corporate communications. In Ghana, a source told the BBC that only one person was left in the almost 20-member team.
Elon Musk who is now Twitter owner, sole director and according to his Twitter profile, now “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” is said to have surrounded himself with close friends and advisors in running the social media behemoth.
Twitter will see more changes in the next coming weeks, and among those, paying subscribers will appear more prominently on timelines, and will offer longer-form blogging via Twitter.