Elon Musk is said to want to lay off the majority of Twitter's workforce

Elon Musk is said to want to lay off the majority of Twitter’s workforce

Twitter is preparing for layoffs regardless of whether Elon Musk buys the firm, which may happen as soon as this Friday.

On the one hand, Musk has informed potential investors that he intends to lay off 75 percent of Twitter’s 7,500-person workforce following the conclusion of the acquisition, a move that would certainly cripple the site’s operations and undermine its capacity to censor material and assure user security. Internal documents obtained by The Post reveal, on the other hand, that prior to the Musk deal, current company leadership planned to “pare the company’s payroll” by around $800 million, a relatively modest 25% reduction in the workforce that would only leave around 1,900 people unemployed, along with “major” infrastructure cuts and data center closures.

Musk’s cutbacks would be “unimaginable,” according to Edwin Chen, a data scientist who was formerly in charge of Twitter’s spam and health metrics. “It would be a cascade effect,” he continued, “with services falling down and the individuals staying not having the institutional expertise to bring them back up and being thoroughly demoralized and wanting to quit themselves.”

When questioned about probable layoffs during a Twitter Town Hall meeting in June, Musk said he supported them, explaining that he didn’t see why low-performing employees should be kept on. Musk has also called for relaxing content control requirements and reactivating previously banned accounts.

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