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Twitter is reportedly asking some staff to come back after it sacked around 3,800 employees
The Elon Musk-owned social media company is now apparently asking some staff to return after firing people by accident or realising their experience is required
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: Twitter turmoil continues
🙏 Twitter is asking some of the approximately 3,800 employees it laid off to return
Two sources have said management has realized some staff were mistakenly let go, while others are needed to build essential platform features
👩⚖️ Musk cut Twitter’s workforce in half on November 4 but is now facing a class-action lawsuit
🙈 It’s another embarrassing turn of events for the social media platform, which will soon start charging users $8 a month to be verified
The Elon Musk Twitter takeover merry-go-round continues to spin at a rate of knots. The company is now reportedly asking some of the 3,800 employees it laid off on November 4 to return to the company.
Worse still, there’s a fear that staff members have been let go whose experience is key to building features Elon Musk wants to bring to the platform. Face, meet palm.
The Platformer’s Casey Newton reported that a message to rehire some of those let go was shared on Twitter’s Slack channel, which said: “sorry to @- everybody on the weekend but I wanted to pass along that we have the opportunity to ask folks that were left [sic] off if they will come back. I need to put together names and rationales by 4pm PST Sunday.”
Twitter’s decision to u-turn on some of its firings seems fitting for a company that appears to be flying by the seat of its pants right now. Elon Musk is tweeting out new promises or changes almost daily, with the most recent change being the suspension of accounts that impersonate people, specifically him.
Musk has also promised to improve Twitter’s search functionality, and that users will soon be able to attach long-form text to tweets, removing the need to share notepad screenshots. Paywalled videos could also come to Twitter, and Musk has even signaled his interest in reviving the short-form video app Vine.
Musk hasn’t rolled out his $8 per month for Twitter verification yet, but has been hammering home the fact Twitter will soon charge users to keep their blue checkmark in the future.
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