Staff at Twitter’s Dublin office have been told that working remotely is no longer possible and they must be in the office at least 40 hours a week.
In his first email to all 7,000 employees worldwide, Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk announced that working from home is no longer allowed.
Musk said there was “no way to sugarcoat the message” about the global economic outlook as it might affect ad revenue. He said they should be prepared for “difficult times ahead”.
Corresponding Bloomberg Musk also outlined a set of rules that will take effect immediately, including the need to be in the office at least 40 hours a week.
It comes as lawmakers in Ireland are finalizing legislation that will allow employees to apply for remote work.
The law on the right to apply for remote work is expected to be passed by the end of the year, and it will contain fewer reasons for employers to refuse an application for remote work than originally expected.
Last Friday, Twitter employees were informed that layoffs were coming and that they would find out if they still had jobs by the end of the day.
The company employs more than 500 people in Dublin, but it has not been confirmed how many will be made redundant.
Speaking of The Indo Daily Newspaper Podcast Mr Varadkar said Twitter broke no laws in announcing layoffs but said he was not impressed with how Elon Musk was handling the issue.
“They went about it in an unconventional way via email, but they didn’t break any laws — because none of those layoffs were actually affected,” he said.
“The law says you have to give people 30 days’ notice before the dismissal takes effect, so they haven’t broken any rules. But they honestly didn’t handle it in the best way.
Twitter owner Musk updated staff on the latest changes via email, writing, “The road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed.”
In a separate email, he added: “Finding and blocking verified bots/trolls/spam is an absolute priority over the next few days.”
In a poll published on Twitter this morning, Musk asked users to comment on the amount of “bots/scams/spam” they’ve seen on the platform lately.
It comes as Musk told advertisers on Wednesday he wants to transform the social media platform into a force for truth and stop fake accounts to reassure brands and ad agencies that are increasingly retreating.
Days after Twitter stunned users and advertisers by laying off half its staff, over 100,000 listeners tuned in to hear Musk speak about Twitter’s Spaces feature.
He was joined by Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of security and integrity, who has reassured users that Twitter will comply with its policies against harmful content.
World’s richest man Musk spoke about his vision for Twitter, touted a $8 fee for premium subscriptions as a bot cure, and mused on the possibility of one day offering money market accounts.
In the week since Musk’s acquisition, General Motors (GM), General Mills and Mondelez International have all removed ads from Twitter because Musk was concerned about relaxing content moderation rules. Big brands like Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, General Motors and Ford Motor listened to Musk’s talk on Wednesday.
Musk blamed Twitter’s “massive drop in revenue” on a coalition of civil rights groups, which have increased pressure on advertisers and demanded they suspend ads worldwide after he laid off about half of its employees.
Directly addressing brands that have paused their ads, Musk said, “I understand if people want to take a minute.” But he added that “the best way to see how things are just using Twitter is”.
He said paid Twitter Blue subscription accounts with a blue tick would become more important and prominent as users would focus on posts from verified users and ignore other low-quality content.
The paid service would also deter spammers who don’t want to pay for it, he added.
“There’s a big difference between free speech and free reach,” Musk said, adding that Twitter would aim to limit the visibility of hateful content.
Musk also responded to a question about his own tweets, which have angered some advertisers, including one that has now been deleted that has been linked to a conspiracy theory about the attack on US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, as well as a tweet , which urged voters to choose Republican candidates in the US midterm elections.
“Twitter as a platform needs to be as neutral as possible. That doesn’t mean I’m completely neutral,” he said.
Roth tweeted Wednesday that Twitter had reduced views of malicious content in search results by 95 percent compared to before Musk was acquired.
“My observation from Twitter over the past few weeks is that the content is actually getting better, not worse,” Musk said. He told advertisers Twitter would be aggressive in banning accounts that were “engaged in scams” or deceived.
He also promised faster development of the Twitter service, opening up the possibility of enabling peer-to-peer payments, money market accounts and eventually a debit card.
Musk has already been quick to make changes to the Twitter app, causing some confusion.
Musk said in a tweet Wednesday that he “killed” a new “official” label for Twitter accounts the same day it began rolling out.
A Twitter executive later clarified that the platform would not give the official label to individuals, but would roll it out for government and commercial entities nonetheless.
Additional coverage from Reuters.
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