Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey switched to billionaire’s recently acquired platform Elon Musk apologize for the state of the site, which has laid off thousands of workers.
Saturday Dorsey posted a series of tweets in response to Twitter’s layoffs, which began Friday. Up to half of the company’s 7,500 employees could be laid off since Musk acquired the company for $44 billion last week.
“People on Twitter, past and present, are strong and resilient,” Dorsey wrote. “They will always find a way, no matter how difficult the moment. I realize that many are angry with me.
“I am responsible for why everyone is in this situation: I increased the size of the company too quickly. I apologize for that.”
Dorsey added“I’m grateful and love everyone who’s ever worked on Twitter. I don’t expect it to be reciprocated right now…or ever…and I get it,” with a heart emoji.
The response to Dorsey’s comments has been mixed. Many users have blamed Dorsey for issues at Twitter after being bought out by Musk.
“Whew. Too small. Too late,” wrote a user.
Another user wrote: “Dude, you suck.”
A number of Twitter divisions have suffered deep cuts or been eliminated altogether, including the company’s human rights and algorithm ethics teams.
At least one class action has been filed against Twitter on behalf of former employees who say they did not receive sufficient notice of their termination.
“Elon Musk has a history of violating California labor laws as Tesla has been hit with a shocking number of sexual and racial harassment lawsuits,” said prominent attorney Lisa Bloom, who confirmed to the Guardian that she has been in contact with several Twitter employees.
“Its workers are human beings who are all entitled to respectful treatment. This time, a hard-hitting class action lawsuit will finally educate him that even the richest man in the world isn’t above the law.
UK-based Twitter workers who are at risk of losing their jobs have been given three days to nominate a representative for a formal job consultation.
Musk defended the layoffs, tweeting that terminated employees receive three months severance as the company would lose more than 4 million dollars a day.
But several companies have announced they will no longer advertise on Twitter, fearing misinformation and hate speech will proliferate on the app as protections against each are reduced.
Audi, General Motors, General Mills and other advertisers have discontinued advertisements on the site.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other groups have also pushed advertisers to suspend spending on the site over hate speech concerns.