A Twitter employee told Sky News his laptop had been wiped remotely and his account locked as the company considered mass layoffs.
Reports have suggested that the social network’s new owner, Elon Musk, could lay off as many as half of the company’s 8,000-strong workforce after acquiring the social network for $44 billion.
Employees were told no walk into the office Friday, and told they would be informed later in the day if they still had jobs.
British Twitter employee Simon Balmain told Sky News he found out his account had been locked this morning.
“A few days ago we started hearing strong rumours of layoffs,” he said.
“Then, late last night, we all got an email saying the headcount would be drastically reduced, the email saying if we were fired, we would get an email to our personal mailboxes, if not, we Will” d hear in our work emails.
“Then at around 2AM, I noticed my laptop was remotely wiped and my email access and Slack access were revoked.
“I then contacted a few colleagues and it seemed like a lot of people had the same thing.”
Asked how Musk has discovered the ongoing uncertainty around the company since he expressed interest in acquiring Twitter in April, he said: “It’s a weird mix of emotions. I really enjoy working at Twitter, It’s incredible, but this acquisition is unprecedented in about a million different ways.
“Morale has been a little bit high, since Musk made his first offer in April, it’s been a roller coaster ride and then lawsuits all summer long. It’s really hard for people to stay focused
‘I think layoffs are inevitable’
Mr. Balmain went on to say that he believes some layoffs may be inevitable regardless of whether the Musk deal goes through.
“I think it would be naive not to see [job cuts] Given all the reports about the economics of the deal, he [Musk] Been trying to get out of the woods for a long time,” he said.
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“I think layoffs are inevitable. I think at some point they may be inevitable, even if the deal doesn’t happen.
“If this acquisition hadn’t happened, the final amount could have been lower because it added a lot to his and the company’s balance sheet.”
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