There are stories that roughly 4,400 contract staff out of 5,500 had been laid off by Twitter.
Some staff had no concept till they examine it on Twitter.
The primary report was tweeted by Casey Newton, journalist with Platformer and host of a NYTimes podcast.
“Getting phrase that a lot of variety of Twitter contractors had been simply laid off this afternoon with no discover, each within the US and overseas. Capabilities affected seem to incorporate content material moderation, actual property, and advertising and marketing, amongst others”
A Twitter knowledge scientist responded that this has simply occurred to them:
This simply occurred to me. I work(ed) in content material moderation in political misinformation.
— Melissa Ingle (@mingle74) November 13, 2022
Moreover he tweeted that contractors obtained no discover, much like among the common staff who solely came upon they had been fired after discovering they’d misplaced entry to firm emails and Slack channels.
Casey tweeted an update:
“Contractors aren’t being notified in any respect, they’re simply dropping entry to Slack and electronic mail. Managers figured it out when their staff simply disappeared from the system.
They heard nothing from their leaders”
He adopted up with:
“One supervisor simply posted in Slack:”one in all my contractors simply received deactivated with out discover in the course of making vital modifications to our baby security workflows”
Working to study extra, electronic mail me for my Sign.”
A fired contractor messaged Casey to substantiate the poor therapy given to the fired contractors.
Casey posted a screenshot of the message from a fired Twitter contractor:
“I’m a contractor you’re reporting is correct. I simply discovered I used to be laid off by studying your tweets after which attempting to log in on slack and electronic mail and realized i used to be all gone.”
Casey adopted up on Sunday with a tweet that supplied an image of the size of the firings, indicating that roughly 80% of the contractor workforce was fired.
Replace: firm sources inform me that yesterday Twitter eradicated ~4,400 of its ~5,500 contract staff, with cuts anticipated to have important impression to content material moderation and the core infrastructure providers that hold the location up and operating.
Individuals inside are shocked.
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) November 13, 2022
“Replace: firm sources inform me that yesterday Twitter eradicated ~4,400 of its ~5,500 contract staff, with cuts anticipated to have important impression to content material moderation and the core infrastructure providers that hold the location up and operating.
Individuals inside are shocked.”
Individuals outdoors of Twitter had been shocked as nicely, with some tweeting shock that the Twitter might nonetheless operate with so many staff and contractors fired up to now week.
How is that this web site nonetheless working?
— Nazish Munch (@NazishMunch) November 13, 2022
The timing of a layoff is particularly unhealthy for working mother and father, particularly as the vacations come round.
I imply actually I feel you’re proper. I don’t have a lot financial savings however I can be okay. It’s simply going to be very tight for awhile and I actually want it hadn’t occurred across the holidays. I’ve two children ane am a single father or mother so it is going to be tight.
— Melissa Ingle (@mingle74) November 14, 2022
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