Elon Musk Remaking Twitter, Thousands Prepare to be Unemployed

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The world of Twitter, long expecting a makeover with Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover, is in turmoil heading into this weekend with thousands of staff members preparing for being laid off.

They already have begun legal action, claiming they were not given enough notice as they were logged out of their work laptops.

Fox Business is reporting that a letter went out to employees confirming about half should be expecting layoffs notices “starting Friday.”

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“Team, in an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” said Thursday’s notice, according to the Washington Post.

“We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is, unfortunately, necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.”

Fox Business said a class-action lawsuit reportedly was filed immediately, contending the company was violating a law requiring 60 days notice.

“We filed this lawsuit tonight in an attempt to make sure that employees are aware that they should not sign away their rights and that they have an avenue for pursuing their rights,” said lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan, the Washington Post said.

Musk already has dismissed multiple top executives, with departures including former CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and policy chief Vijaya Gadde.

In recent years, the company has established a reputation for censoring conservative comments and opinions, including many prominent Republicans. Musk has indicated that his idea of a successful company is one where there is an open discussion on topics – even those that are political.

A similar lawsuit was filed against Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, last summer when it laid off employees. A judge ruled in favor of the company, telling the workers to go through arbitration.

Daily Mail report said Musk locked “ALL offices” as the notices were going out Friday morning.

“Members of staff have reported being logged out of their work accounts and locked out of laptops while the company sealed offices for all of its employees, as Elon Musk began to make sweeping layoffs on Friday,” the report said.

“Offices in the U.K. and U.S. have been shut down for the day by Musk, who warned employees that their buildings would be locked and all staff badge access will be suspended in order ‘to help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data,” it said.

The company got its start, under Jack Dorsey, in 2006.

Musk long has used the platform, and has routinely offered his criticism as it failed to be sufficiently protective of free speech, blocking, for example, links to accurate reports about Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.

That revealed the Biden family’s international business dealings, and the FBI lobbied Big Tech to conceal those details from the public just before the 2020 election. Later analyses confirmed that likely took the victory away from President Trump and gave it to Joe Biden.

It was last April that Musk offered to buy the company outright.

One of the changes already announced is an $ 8-a-month charge to verified users.

The Daily Mail said, “Musk’s feistiest priority – but also the one with the vaguest roadmap – is to make Twitter a ‘politically neutral’ digital town square for the world’s discourse that allows as much free speech as each country’s laws allow.”

One of the biggest issues is whether Musk will allow returning those who were banned for life, including President Trump.

Advertisers were taking a wait-and-see position, with some halting their advertising until the platform’s changes are evident.

“We have currently paused paid support on Twitter and will continue to evaluate the situation,” an Audi spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

The report added, “Even as Musk took meetings with major agencies and advertisers this week, he took to Twitter on Wednesday night with a poll asking users whether advertisers should support freedom of speech or ‘political correctness.’ Of more than two million votes, nearly 80 percent answered ‘freedom of speech.'”

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