Following Elon Musk’s Twitter take-over, it has been a chaotic month on the social media platform. But now, Australian staff are in the firing line.
On November 5th, the company began informing thousands of staff via email that they had been laid off. Eventually, it is expected to impact nearly half of Twitter’s employees.
According to SkyNews, Aussie’s in Twitter’s government relations roles, marketing and news divisions have all been affected by job cuts.
However, its sales team has been unaffected.
The countless shifts are all due to Elon Musk appointing himself as “chief Twit,” following his acquisition of Twitter for a measly $44 billion USD.
“Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day,” tweeted Musk on November 5th. “Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required.”
Many of the changes being implemented are in support of Musk’s alleged push for free speech on the platform.
“Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers,” suggested Musk. “Even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists. Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.”
Another move Musk has made to make Twitter profitable, is to enforce an $8USD fee to obtain or continue to hold the blue verification badge. The decision has left many notable Tweeter’s livid.
$20 a month to keep my blue check? Fuck that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 31, 2022
BREAKING: Elon Musk rumored to be setting up installment payment portal for verification
Twitter blue customers will be able to break down their $8.00 monthly fee into 4 separate payments of $2 to be withdrawn every Friday if they select “crybaby bitch” at checkout
— I PAID $8 FOR THIS 👉🏿 (@ElijahSchaffer) November 6, 2022
This is exactly what verification is FOR 😶 pic.twitter.com/OoszcHlU8t
— Jody Houser ✒️🗯️🎲 (@Jody_Houser) November 6, 2022
Just to make this as clear as possible.
What verification means now: We’ve confirmed this person or company is who they say they are.
What verification will mean in the future: I have $8.
Elon could still back out of this, but that’s the fundamental change that he’s proposing.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 4, 2022