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Report: Twitter Asks Some Terminated Workers to Return

    Report: Twitter Asks Some Terminated Workers to Return
    Last updated: 2 weeks ago
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    Facts

    • After laying off roughly half of Twitter's employees late last week, the company is now reportedly reaching out to dozens who lost their jobs and asking them to return. [1]
    • Some employees being asked to return reportedly were laid off by mistake. Others were allegedly terminated before leadership recognized that the employees have critical skills to support the functionality enhancements being driven by new owner Elon Musk. [1]
    • Twitter staff members tweeted that employees in the following teams were among those terminated in the mass layoffs — products, engineering, human rights, machine learning ethics, content curation, and communications. [2]
    • Musk's reasoning for the layoffs, among other changes at Twitter, has often revolved around the company's financial losses. He tweeted in May that "the most messed up thing" at the company was that "there seem to be 10 people ‘managing’ for every one person coding." [3]
    • Musk also recently accused “activist groups” of “pressuring” advertisers to leave Twitter and trigger a drop in revenue. [4]
    • Twitter is embarking on major changes under Musk. These include changing its verification process to transition to paid subscriptions for its so-called "blue checkmarks," which will reportedly not be implemented until after the US midterm elections. [5]
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    Spin

    Right narrative

    Musk's acquisition is a real opportunity for Twitter to become free of biased censorship. With the billionaire entrepreneur at the helm, Musk can retain the general code of conduct to fight deceitful foreign influences while also allowing the marketplace of ideas to flourish, freeing it from so-called "fact checkers" with ill intentions.

    Left narrative

    While billionaires like Elon Musk may have the money to buy and influence social media platforms, they don't possess the character to manage them properly. Musk's Twitter history reveals an erratic personality with the potential to vastly alter the market with a single tweet simply to advance self-interests. With Twitter set to have no barriers to what can or cannot be said, the app is looking like a disaster waiting to happen.

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