Twitter layoffs continue under Elon Musk



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Other Twitter employees were laid off Thursday as part of ongoing layoffs under new owner Elon Musk, including public policy and media and entertainment teams, according to tweets from affected employees.

As part of Thursday’s layoffs, members of Twitter’s public policy team who remained after last month collective redundancies were again roughly halved to about 15 employees, a former Twitter employee with knowledge of the layoffs told CNN.

Among the responsibilities of the public policy team is working with external advisory groups such as the Twitter Trust and Safety Council, which the company dissolved earlier this month. It also runs human rights programs to protect vulnerable users such as activists, engages in transparency efforts, works with government agencies, and helps ensure compliance with global regulations. The public policy team had more than 60 employees before Musk’s takeover, the former employee said.

Thursday releases come after Musk laid off about half of Twitter’s workforce last month, shortly after its takeover, and subsequently kicked out other employees, including through an ultimatum forcing them to work ‘hard’ or leave the company . Musk’s team – seeking to cut costs at the struggling company the billionaire bought for $44 billion – continued to Fire hundreds more employees on Twitter since then, including top engineering and legal talent, according to the former employee and several recent reports.

More … than 100 former Twitter employees have filed arbitration claims or are participating in proposed class action lawsuits related to the layoffs.

The latest round of layoffs could further affect Twitter’s ability to protect key users and comply with regulations amid increased scrutiny of the company following the Musk takeover.

Thierry Breton, a senior EU official, warned Musk At a meeting last month, the social media platform must take significant steps to comply with European content moderation laws, and that European officials will closely monitor compliance. Musk has agreed to let EU officials “test” the social media platform for compliance with the Digital Services Act, Europe’s new platform regulation, early next year.

Twitter too keep on fighting with the departure of a large number of its advertisers, who provide the bulk of the company’s income. As of Dec. 17, 72 of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers had suspended ad campaigns on the platform, according to research by digital marketing intelligence firm Pathmatics, which it provided to CNN.

In the meantime, Musk may consider finding someone else to run the social platform, after Twitter users voted over the weekend for him to step down as CEO. Musk tweeted this week that he would quit the lead role “as soon as I find someone dumb enough to take the job!”

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