Elon Musk will begin laying off Twitter staffers Friday, days after his $44 billion takeover
In an email to staff members obtained by NBC News, Twitter said it would be “reducing our global workforce on Friday.”
Twitter will lay off staff members Friday, it said in an email obtained by NBC News.
In the email, sent Thursday evening, Twitter said it would notify staffers by email about their employment starting Friday morning.
“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,” the email said.
It had been widely reported that Musk planned to slash the company's 7,500-person payroll after he finalized his $44 billion acquisition late last week. He immediately dismissed CEO Parag Agrawal, as well as Twitter’s chief financial officer and its head of legal, public policy and trust and safety upon taking over the company.
A Twitter employee said Thursday's email was the first communication staff members had received from Twitter since the acquisition Oct. 27.
"It's total chaos, house melting down, everyone looking towards this email," the employee said.
According to the email from Twitter, staff members will get notices either through their company email accounts — if they still have jobs — or their personal email accounts if their "employment is impacted."
The company said staffing is being reduced in "an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path."