Twitter workers have written an open letter to Elon Musk protesting stories that he intends to fireplace 75 per cent of the corporate.
Mr Musk had deliberate to scale back Twitter’s headcount from 7,500 to 2,000, the Washington Post reported, having beforehand complained that the corporate has a “strong left wing bias”.
Twitter’s present board had already deliberate to scale back wages on the firm by round $800m by the tip of 2023 and cut back employees by 25 per cent, in response to the newspaper.
Twitter didn’t reply to The Independent’s request for remark.
The open letter, seen by Time, which has not but been printed however has been circulating round Twitter’s employees, states: “Elon Musk’s plan to lay off 75% of Twitter workers will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation,” happening to say that “a threat of this magnitude is reckless, undermines our users’ and customers’ trust in our platform, and is a transparent act of worker intimidation.”
In an inventory of calls for, the workers ask that Mr Musk not discriminate based mostly on political perception and protect Twitter’s present workers. “We demand to be treated with dignity, and to not be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires,” it says.
Twitter had already fired 30 per cent of its recruitment workforce, in addition to two high-profile leads,
Mr Musk has instructed that purchasing Twitter is step one in creating an “everything app” he calls X, which may very well be modelled after China’s WeChat.
He has additionally hinted that the platform will shield free speech and permit the return of banned customers comparable to Donald Trump, whose account was locked after the January 6 rebellion by his supporters.
However, Twitter workers are extra cynical about Mr Musk’s intentions: “It seems to me that he wants to buy the Twitter name, then completely gut and change it”, one anomymous worker has claimed.
“Speaking to people there, nobody feels safe in their job. I just don’t understand how it’s going to work as a company. There’s a mad attempt to restructure in some places to save face. It feels like the perfect time to try and get out — or prepare yourself for what’s going to happen.”
Elon Musk’s $44bn provide to purchase Twitter in April, which he reneged upon earlier than deciding to undergo with it, will doubtless undergo by the tip of the month.