Amid reports of Elon Musk planning employee layoffs at Twitter, several employees posted that they lost access to their laptops, emails and internal slack channels. They shared the news on social media with #Lovewhereyouwork.
Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion last week. The New York Times, citing a company-wide email, reported that the billionaire will “begin laying off Twitter employees on Friday”.
The report added that about half of Twitter’s 7,500 workers appeared set to lose their jobs.
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Musk ousted CEO Parag Agrawal, legal executive Vijaya Gadde, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal and General Counsel Sean Edgett.
The NYT report added that “Twitter employees were notified in the email that the layoffs were set to begin” and “workers were instructed to go home and not return to the offices on Friday as the cuts proceeded.”
Some of them tweeted with the hashtag.
“My name is Gonzalo Lira and I am one of the faces of these Twitter layoffs. It’s not a joke guys im a person. I coach little league. I go on walks with my wife. I am a drone hobbies. I helped design that little flag for Ukraine. For what? Baffling. #OneTeam #lovewhereyouworked,” one now-fired Twitter employee said.
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Morgan Bell, a product management team member, was one of the many who lost access in a virtual confirmation that they were sacked.
“Just lost access to my Twitter email and Slack. This is all so unreal. #LoveWhereYouWorked #OneTeam”
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“Well, that’s a wrap. Thank you for 5 amazing years, Twitter. So many lifelong friends made through my journey here. 🙏 🙏 🙏 #LoveWhereYouWorked #OneTeam,” another one tweeted.
Ahead of the impending layoffs, some employees circulated a “Layoff Guide” with tips on corporate surveillance and employment rights, the NYT report said. One worker, who had created software to help colleagues download important emails and documents, was later fired.