The 4 November Twitter layoffs affected a number of workers who were let go, but little was spoken about the workers who remained and dealt with Elon Musk, the company’s demanding taskmaster. The New York Times said that one of the staffers who was given the task of firing more than 100 Twitter users puked after accepting the assignment.
According to a New York Times article titled “Two Weeks of Chaos: Inside Elon Musk’s Takeover of Twitter,” Elon Musk’s decision to fire roughly 50% of Twitter’s global workforce had an impact not only on those who worked there but also on those inside the office, where workers were forced to sleep in sleeping bags in order to meet Elon Musk’s deadlines.
The article continues by describing the specifics of the mass layoffs, Musk’s decision to reorganize the business, and the new product deadlines established by the “Chief Twit.” At least 36 Twitter employees were reportedly questioned for the report, according to the NYT piece.
According to the report, some of the top executives were abruptly fired via email. One engineering manager reportedly “vomitted into a garbage can while others slept in the office as they worked punishing hours to satisfy Musk’s demands” after being told to do so, according to the report. told to lay off hundreds of employees. According to the NYT story, the fallout was “excruciating.”
The media outlet was given access to internal chat records where discussions about layoffs were occurring. According to the article, 3,738 employees, or over half the staff, could be let go, according to an employee. Internally, the message was widely disseminated. Employees also exchanged personal information and bid farewell in the chat log as they prepared to be let go on November 2nd.
Musk has also made references to the social media platform going out of business after the business saw several top executives leave. According to credit experts, the tycoon informed Twitter personnel on a call two weeks after buying it for $44 billion that he couldn’t rule out insolvency. The deal endangered Twitter’s financial stability.
As fraudulent accounts proliferated, Twitter Inc. stopped its recently launched $8 blue check subscription service on Friday. Meanwhile, some users of the social media network were able to reclaim the “official” badge thanks to new owner Elon Musk.
Previously, verified accounts of public figures like journalists, politicians, and other well-known people were only eligible for the highly coveted blue tick. But as Musk fights to keep advertisers, Twitter this week introduced a membership option that is accessible to anybody willing to pay in order to boost revenue.