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Twitter: a new wave of layoffs hits the social network


The carnage continues within Twitter. A new wave of layoffs has marked the departure of at least 200 additional employees, or 10% of the current workforce. According to information from the New York Times, the director of product development and architect of the new paid subscription would be particularly concerned. While the Californian company had nearly 7,500 employees in October 2022, it now has barely 2,000.

These new layoffs concern product managers, big data experts and engineers working on machine learning and platform reliability, the American daily reported on Sunday evening. Contacted by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Twitter did not immediately confirm.

According to the New York Times, Esther Crawford, in charge of the social network’s product development, is one of the employees thanked. She was among the few Twitter executives in place before Elon Musk’s acquisition who had not resigned or been fired. Head of the new Twitter Blue verification program, she had shown staunch support for Elon Musk and the company, going so far as to retweet a photo of her sleeping in a sleeping bag at her workplace.

“The worst thing you can think of seeing me go all out on Twitter 2.0 is that my optimism and hard work was a mistake,” Esther Crawford tweeted Monday. Those who scoff and mock are necessarily on the sidelines and not in the arena. I am deeply proud of the team that has been able to build itself through so much noise and chaos,” she added.

Elon Musk laid off half of Twitter’s workforce in early November, days after buying the company for $44 billion. This massive social plan was followed by other dismissals and resignations.