Elon Musk fires more Twitter staff, will reinstate suspended accounts next week

midian182

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What just happened? Days after telling Twitter staff there were no more planned layoffs, Elon Musk fired around 50 engineers without notice the day before Thanksgiving. The company's owner has also announced that a "general amnesty" for banned accounts will come into effect next week.

During an all-hands meeting at Twitter on Monday, Musk said there were no more layoffs "planned" at the firm. The CEO has already reduced its headcount from 7,500 people to around 2,300; most of these came from his initial culling that saw half of all staff let go, though many left after being given the choice of becoming part of "hardcore" Twitter or leaving with three months' severance pay.

But there were more firings on Wednesday, reportedly the result of the company's new code review program in which engineers are required to submit samples of their work each week. The Verge's Alex Heath tweeted that they were being let go because their "code is not satisfactory."

Some of the survivors were warned that they could join the others who had lost their jobs. "Note that not meeting expectations could result in your termination of employment […] please use this opportunity to restore our confidence and demonstrate your contributions to the team and company," the emails read.

The fired engineers were offered four weeks of pay if they signed a separation agreement and waived any claims against Twitter. Engadget writes that one of the engineers let go was Ikuhiro Ihara, who led the drive to double the tweet character limit to 280 in 2017.

In addition to the firings, Musk tweeted a poll asking if Twitter should offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts. His only rules were that they must not have broken the law or engaged in egregious spam. Over three million people took part, with 72.4% voting Yes.

Musk replied that the amnesty would begin next week. He added the same "Vox Populi, Vox Dei" phrase, Latin for "the voice of the people is the voice of God," that he used after his followers voted to reinstate Donald Trump's account last weekend.

Musk previously said he would create a diverse council to help moderate Twitter but later claimed "political/social activist groups" broke a "deal," though plenty of people deny this.

Bringing back those who have been banned from Twitter is unlikely to ease the minds of advertisers, several of whom have already suspended ads on the platform over fears its toxic reputation is set to get even worse under Musk. But then its owner has constantly said he wants to rely more on income sources such as the new $8 per month Twitter Blue rather than advertising. Hopefully for Musk and the Twitter staff who are left, that warning of potential bankruptcy won't turn into an actual scenario.

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psycros

Posts: 4,571   +6,884
The autistic reeing from the extremist left tells you Musk is on the right track. Pay attention to what the government does over the next two years. If they completely contradict their stance that Twitter is a private platform that can do as it likes, any doubt about the fascist nature of the far left will be dead and buried. For most of us it already is.
 

AlaskaGuy

Posts: 749   +620
I see nothing about "The Left" and controlling narratives in here, other than yours.

Also, my comment to refers to many more of your posts than just this one, and we both know it.
And I see my post referring to the left's reaction in regards to suspended Twitter accounts being reinstated which goes to the heart of this topic. Try harder.
 

ddferrari

Posts: 630   +324
TechSpot Elite
What message .. that my post you quoted is topic related. Better yet explain to me how that post wasn't topic related and if you can't then don't reply to me.
Did you not just mention Antifa in a post from an hour ago? And why is your profile pic oddly one of don and mel trump - on a tech site! What's wrong with a pic of your rig, or something non-political?

Yeah- you're not pushing politics in here at all lol. #longalaskawintersopickfights
 

AlaskaGuy

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Did you not just mention Antifa in a post from an hour ago? And why is your profile pic oddly one of don and mel trump - on a tech site! What's wrong with a pic of your rig, or something non-political?

Yeah- you're not pushing politics in here at all lol. #longalaskawintersopickfights
Swing and a miss. Musk is banning Antifa from Twitter and they in kind are threatening to burn down Tesla plants.
 

Hodor

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Has anyone mentioned to you that this is a TECH site, not a forum for political debates?

The fact is that longest avalanches of replies come in just one case. Which are actually 2 cases:
- after Nvidia or AMD release a new line of video cards, with benchmarks
- politics
- new CPU lines
 

ZedRM

Posts: 1,406   +987
The fact that he is using open polls is a smart move on his part. The majority feel the same. In before the haters arrive.
It's very intelligent! Give the people a voice, listen to what they tell you and act on it in a responsible manner.

Staff? You mean nazies who banned people for not being woke?
I dont use twitter but it is a good thingif the yall let go
This is a good thing! I've been back on twitter lately and things have indeed improved. I'm liking it.

Has anyone mentioned to you that this is a TECH site, not a forum for political debates?
Except that his post is topic related? Twitter is a social media company which is DIRECTLY tech-related. You're just bum-hurt because you don't like that Musk is putting an end to the crap "woke" agenda and is restoring true free speech. Boowoo.
 

Crabjuice

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...is restoring true free speech. Boowoo.

Lol. What the hell is "true free speech"? No moderation? If that's what you mean, we will see how that turns out. I'll bet moderation isn't going away. Before you get any fantasies about my level of concern over Twitter and Elon, I want to make it clear that I don't give a crap. Whether Twitter flourishes or goes down in flames is no sweat off my balls.