Twitter employees are finding out if they will be fired today, a week after the acquisition of Elon Musk.
Social network offices are temporarily closed globally and workers will discover their fate by 4pm UK time.
Those who are losing their jobs will receive a message to their personal email address, while the remaining employees will receive an email to their work account.
The company employs a total of around 8,000 employees and has staff based in London and Manchester.
An internal memo read: “In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of shrinking our global workforce on Friday.”
“We recognize that this will impact a number of people who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is sadly necessary to ensure the company’s success in the future,” he said.
“If you are in an office or on your way to the office, please come home,” he added.
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Twitter he said all access to badges will be suspended “to ensure the safety of each employee, as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”
A Twitter employee told NBC News it was the first communication from staff since Musk acquired the company on Oct.27.
“It’s total chaos, the collapsing house, everyone is looking at this email,” they said.
Staff began sharing support messages with each other on Twitter, using the #OneTeam hashtag at work, with a tweet: “I just lost access to my Twitter email and Slack. It’s so unreal.”
Twitter is being sued for the layoffs, according to Bloomberg, which cited a class action lawsuit filed in a San Francisco court. Staff say the company violates federal and California law because employees did not receive sufficient notice.
The company moved to reassure staff last month that there were no plans for mass layoffs after it was reported that Moss wanted to lay off 75% of its 7,500 employees after its $ 44 billion (£ 38.4 billion) acquisition.
The Washington Post report said job cuts were inevitable, claiming there was a plan to cut Twitter’s payroll by around $ 800 million (£ 715 million) by the end of next year.
Musk has ordered Twitter teams to find up to $ 1 billion (£ 895 million) in annual infrastructure cost savings.
It’s been a week since then Musk walked into Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters carrying a kitchen sink.
The notice of dismissal limits seven days of purging by the entrepreneur.
It already has fired the top leadership of the social media companywho accused of misleading him about the number of spam accounts on the platform.
Musk has also pledged to make deleting spam accounts one of his top priorities, but there’s another growing exodus he may not have meant.
The fears about the Tesla and SpaceX founder’s potentially free stance on content moderation are very genuine users who are considering leaving the platformincluding some celebrities.
He also revealed plans to move Twitter’s verification badges behind a paid membership. by charging $ 8 per month as part of a Twitter Blue subscription.
Musk, who had updated his Twitter bio to “Chief Twit” – and has since changed it to “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” – said he bought the company not to make more money but “to try to help. humanity, which I love “.