- Dozens of Twitter employees were fired overnight on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter told Insider.
- The layoffs, mostly of engineers, came as a surprise to Twitter, people said.
- Thousands of Twitter employees have been laid off, resigned or fired since Musk took over.
Elon Musk fired several dozen Twitter employees overnight on Wednesday, most of whom were technicians, two people familiar with the company’s actions told Insider.
The layoffs came as a surprise on Twitter, people said. Musk said in an all-hands meeting earlier this week that there would be no more layoffs at the company.
The workers who were laid off overnight on Wednesday were told they were being fired for performance reasons and were given a month’s severance pay, one of the people said.
The termination process was similar to that of previously laid-off employees, the two people said: Access to work tools and computers was cut off, and notice of termination was sent to affected employees’ personal email accounts.
Thousands of Twitter employees have already been laid off, resigned or fired by Musk, stretching critical workers. Twitter teams are already so scarce that many employees have had to work on Thanksgiving, the people said.
The layoffs are believed to be, at least in part, a result of Musk’s new policy requiring Twitter engineers and other employees working on code or tech projects to update him every week on what they’ve been working on, what they hoped to achieve. complete and specific rules. of code they wrote, as Insider previously reported. While these updates are usually expected on a Friday, they were scheduled for Wednesday this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Twitter recruiters reportedly brought in outside engineers to work for the company under Musk, and Musk even hired a hoaxer who fooled the press into thinking he had just been fired from Twitter. These developments had led staff to believe that Musk had sworn off his habit of sudden layoffs, one of the people said.
A Musk representative did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.