As recently as last week, Musk began additional job cuts and fired Robin Wheeler, head of advertising sales, and Maggie McLean Suniewick, Twitter’s vice president of partnerships, after they refused to lay off more employees. Sarah Rosen, head of Twitter’s US content partnership, also left the company last Friday.
Elon Musk, however, does not care about the situation and trolls the best.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
The above tweet was posted last week after hundreds of employees resigned from Twitter. Previously, Musk had asked them to commit to an “extremely hardcore” work culture with “long hours and high intensity.” Musk required employees to answer “Yes” to a Google form sent to the company email as a sign of commitment or leave the company with a severance package almost overnight.
Many important teams responsible for maintaining the service have resigned completely or have minimal staffing. With a miniature cast tending to Twitter’s technical back-end, former and current employees believe the platform may soon experience frequent technical issues and even eventually crash.
An example of this is the weekend flood of feature films and series, which, taking advantage of the lack of reaction from the administration, began to be uploaded to Twitter in dozens of parts, even two minutes long. Typically, attempts to upload copyrighted content are blocked very quickly. This time, some of the posts were hanging even for a day.
Twitter's copyright strike system is no longer working so technically you could upload every single episode of all seven seasons of Star Trek TNG in two minute clips
Episode 1, Encouter at Farpoint pic.twitter.com/eVj0Y9TojW
— ApacheSmash❗️ DDG+ (@ApacheSmash) November 20, 2022
Musk also announced on Sunday that he was restoring the account of former President Donald Trump, who received a lifetime ban for inciting a mob attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The decision was preceded by an online poll in which over 15 million votes were cast. 51.8% voted for YES and 48.2% for NO.
The people have spoken.
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
In total, since taking control of the company, Musk has already laid off almost half of Twitter’s 7,500-strong staff. Including employees from the following departments: trust and product security, politics, communications, tweet curation, ethical AI, data science and more. Twitter also no longer has a communications department that can be contacted for comment.
Reportedly, using the “American” methods of Trump’s good friend Vince McMahon, Elon Musk is also trying to fire employees of the European branches of Twitter. If the rumors are confirmed, lawyers and EU regulators will certainly be interested in the case, which may result in further compensation for former employees and penalties for Twitter.
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