A week after its acquisition, the new boss of Twitter, Elon Musk, decided to lay off nearly half of the employees, out of a total of 7,500 people. Some of them have filed a collective complaint to try to oppose this massive dismissal.
The news just came. It is through a simple email that half of the 7,500 employees of Twitter, learned, this Thursday, November 3, that they were going to lose their job, reports the Washington Post. News that confirms a rumor that has been circulating since the takeover of the company by billionaire Elon Musk, who intends to reshape his new company in his own way.
“We will begin the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” employees were warned in a message. The email adds that all employees will receive information by Friday morning when the California office opens.
“We recognize that a number of individuals who have made notable contributions to Twitter are going to be affected, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success going forward,” the new CEO said. company to employees.
Elon Musk imposes his new policy
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars and took control of it last Thursday, after six months of a very eventful acquisition, wanted to quickly leave its mark on the company.
Upon his induction, Elon Musk immediately dissolved the board of directors and fired the chief executive, as well as other senior officials. The billionaire also informed his employees that he wanted to launch large-scale projects with objectives to be achieved quickly. Several engineers reported having to sleep on site some nights.
Elon Musk, who first renamed himself “Chief Twit” (twit meaning “cretin” in English), then “Twitter hotline operator”, brought in Tesla developers on Friday to go into reviews the work of Twitter employees. Many engineers had to print the last lines of code they had produced and lists comparing computer scientists, mainly on the basis of production volume, were also drawn up, reports an employee.
Employees file a complaint
Faced with this radical news, a number of employees have already filed a collective complaint in the federal court of San Francisco, reports the Bloomberg agency, arguing that Twitter is carrying out these dismissals in violation of American law, which obliges large companies carrying out mass layoffs to give two months’ notice to the employees concerned.
The measure confirms the change in corporate culture widely anticipated by the Californian company under the leadership of Elon Musk. Several executives resigned on their own this week and more than 700 people have already left this summer, of their own free will.
The whimsical entrepreneur indeed advocates a vision of freedom of expression which requires relaxing the moderation rules for the platform’s content, in disagreement with that of many employees, users and NGOs.
The leader also announced the upcoming launch of a subscription at $8 per month for users wishing to have their account certified. This decision caused an outcry among many affected subscribers.