Twitter has started laying off Irish employees as the social media giant plans to cut up to half of its global workforce today.
The company employs over 500 people in Dublin and over 7,000 worldwide.
“I woke up to the sad news that I’m not a tweep anymore,” a Dublin staffer tweeted this morning.
The company sent an email to employees telling them they would find out today if they still had a job.
“Team, in an effort to put Twitter on a healthy path, on Friday we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce,” the internal memo to employees read.
“We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but unfortunately this action is necessary to ensure the continued success of the company.”
Elon Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion, has already made several changes to the company, starting with firing three of its top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal.
He previously told potential investors that he intends to reduce the company’s workforce from around 7,500 to just over 2,000.
Mr Musk has pledged to change the way the site handles content moderation since completing his acquisition.
He has also proposed allowing suspended accounts, including former US President Donald Trump, back onto the site.
However, this has raised concerns among many users and advertisers, with reports suggesting some companies will suspend advertising with Twitter if accounts like Mr Trump’s are allowed to return.
Ad revenue makes up the bulk of Twitter’s revenue, which is why some analysts believe Mr Musk is looking to roll out more subscription offerings to generate new revenue.
Before completing his acquisition, the billionaire said in a message to advertisers that he would not allow the platform to become a “free hellscape,” despite previously describing himself as a “free speech absolutist.”
Its plans to overhaul the Twitter Blue subscription service so that users can get the blue tick verification badge for a monthly fee are also reportedly set to roll out later this month.
Twitter workers vented their frustration at the layoffs on the social network using the hashtag #OneTeam.
User Rachel Bonn tweeted: “Last Thursday on SF [San Francisco] Office, really the last day Twitter was Twitter. 8 months pregnant and 9 months old. Just got cut off from laptop access.”
In response to the #OneTeam thread, Twitter’s head of security and integrity, Yoel Roth, said: “Tweeps: My DMs (direct message routes) are always open to you. Tell me how I can help.”
Mr Roth was the most senior executive to publicly tweet in support of employees losing their jobs.
He seemed to still have his job. Last week, Mr Musk supported Mr Roth, citing his “high integrity” after years earlier he was confronted for tweeting critical of former US President Donald Trump.
Mr Roth did not respond to a request for comment.
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/i-woke-up-to-the-sad-news-irish-staff-react-as-twitter-begins-laying-off-staff-42118440.html Twitter has started laying off employees in Ireland