Twitter will email employees Friday if they have been laid off, temporarily closing offices and barring staff entry, following a week of uncertainty over the company’s future under new owner Elon Musk.
The social media company said in an email to staff that it will alert employees to staff cuts at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (12 p.m. EDT/1600 GMT) Friday.
“In an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” the email read, seen by Reuters.
Twitter said its offices will be temporarily closed and all access to badges will be suspended to “help ensure the security of every employee, Twitter systems and customer data.”
The social media platform said Twitter employees not affected by the layoffs will be notified via their corporate email addresses.
Staff made redundant will be notified of next steps at their personal email address, the memo said.
The layoff notice caps off a week of purges by Musk as he demanded deep cost cuts and imposed an aggressive new work ethic on the social media company.
He had already wiped out the company’s senior ranks by firing its chief executive and top finance and legal executives. Others, including those sitting on top of the company’s advertising, marketing and human resources departments, left last week.
The long-awaited layoffs have cooled Twitter’s famously open corporate culture revered by its employees.
Shortly after the email hit Twitter employees’ inboxes, hundreds of people flooded the company’s Slack channels to say goodbye, two employees told Reuters. Someone invited Musk to join the channel, the sources said.
“If you’re in the office or on your way to an office, please go home,” Twitter said in the email on Thursday.
Musk has also instructed Twitter Inc’s teams to find up to $1 billion in annual infrastructure cost savings, according to two sources familiar with the matter and an internal Slack report reviewed by Reuters.
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