New York, (EFE).- Twitter, which since its purchase by magnate Elon Musk has seen its staff reduced to a quarter of what it had a year ago, launched a new round of layoffs this weekend that affected the 10% of the remaining 2,000 workers, says The New York Times on Monday.
The newspaper, which compared the information with several of those affected, points out that the layoffs began on Saturday night and ended on Sunday, after several days in which some employees began to see their accounts with the courier service cut. internal Slack or private from their corporate accounts or from their laptops.
Among those affected are experts in digital data, production managers and engineers in charge of configuring algorithms or maintaining the different Twitter applications.
In addition, the group includes creators of small technology companies absorbed at the time by Twitter, such as Eshter Crawford, creator of Squat (video chat app), and Haraldur Thorleifsson, founder of Uono, a digital design studio.
After only a week of taking ownership of Twitter, Elon Musk got rid of almost half of the 7,500 people who worked at the network, with batches of layoffs at the San Francisco headquarters and other locations around the world, while that hundreds of others voluntarily abandoned it in view of the erratic course experienced in those first months.
However, last November, Musk said in an internal meeting that he had no plans to make any more staff cuts, which seems in contradiction with what happened over the weekend and which has not been publicly explained (nor were the previous ones). rounds of layoffs).
The social network seeks by all means to reduce its losses – last November, Musk said that he was losing “4 million dollars a day” -, for which it has closed stores, terminated contracts with service companies (cleaning, for example ) and has sold hundreds of office furniture and objects at auction.
In parallel, it launched the so-called Twitter Blue, a paid version (8 dollars a month) that allows the user to edit their tweets or to have them appear higher up in the “feed” that others see.
Although Twitter hasn’t provided any information on the success of Twitter Blue, its idea to charge for an improved version of the free network has already been picked up by Meta, which last week announced Meta Verified, which enables improved service on Facebook and Instagram.