The dismissed employees of Twitter do not talk about the “red wedding” of the company. deadline

The dismissed employees of Twitter do not talk about the “red wedding” of the company. deadline

“Well Twitter:…it was real and fun. But the ending wasn’t really fun,” wrote a former employee of the company’s Global Wellness team last night. He was among about 3,700 of the company’s roughly 7,500 employees dismissal by the new owner Elon Musk this week.

Others suggested telling pop culture references.

“Has the red wedding begun?” one of the employees wrote in Slack. according to The New York Times, just moments before the company sent out an email announcing reductions.

Former employees reported that notices sent to them contained different wording. Some samples.

  • “We recognize that this will affect a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to advance the company’s success.”
  • “…we’re writing to let you know that your role at Twitter has been identified as potentially being impacted or at risk of termination.”
  • “During this time, you will be placed on a non-working notice period and your access to the Twitter systems will be disabled.”

Many departing employees were notified via email. Or, as one put it, “The official (and very dehumanizing) resignation letter has been received.” Other employees were simply locked out of the system and left to assume their services were no longer required.

“Looks like I’m unemployed. Just remotely logged out of my work laptop and got kicked out of Slack,” wrote one.

Twitter also locked all employees, whether fired or not, out of its offices.

“To ensure the security of every employee, as well as Twitter systems and customer data, our offices will be temporarily closed and access to all tokens will be suspended,” one notice said.

Employees in New York, California and the company’s Dublin, Ireland center were affected.

The seemingly important Ethics, Transparency and Accountability team has lost about 20 people, the total number, according to former member Joan Deichmann.

“Yes, the team is gone,” he tweeted last night. “The team that researched and pushed for algorithmic transparency and algorithmic choice. The team that studied algorithmic amplification. The team that invented and built ethical AI tools and methodologies. All that has passed.”

Among the layoffs are the company’s global head of social and editorial and its 17-person team, Twitter’s global head of culture and community, and head of content for US creators. Additional departments affected include Community, Instructional Design, Entertainment Partnerships, Engineering, iOS Developer, Global Health, and Global Comms.

See a selection of staff announcements and comments below.





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