After laying off 50 percent of the company’s employees, Elon Musk has turned his attention to Twitter’s contract workers. According to separate reports from Platformer’s Casey Newton and Axios, the social media platform began reducing its contingent staff on Saturday afternoon. The scale of the job cuts is unclear, but Newton puts it at “a large number,” with the company’s content moderation and marketing teams among those affected by the layoffs.
Twitter seems to have given no notice to the people who lost their jobs this weekend. Many found out they weren’t working for the company anymore after they abruptly lost access to Twitter’s internal systems. “One of my contractors just got deactivated without notice in the middle of making critical changes to our child safety workflows,” one manager posted in the company’s Slack, according to Newton. Others found out the details of the cuts by reading the reports. Some workers are worried that they might not be paid for the last two weeks of work. Following Twitter’s November 4th layoffs, many contractors ended up on teams with no full-time staff, leaving no one to sign off on their time sheets.
Twitter did not immediately respond to Engadget’s request for comment. During the recent reorganization of the company, it reportedly eliminated its entire communications department.
These cuts are made at the end of another turbulent week for Twitter. The company started rolling out its new Twitter Blue subscription on Wednesday with verification, but it had to suspend sign-ups less then two days later when it was overrun again by trolls. Musk also reportedly told employees Twitter was losing so much money that bankruptcy was “not out of the question.”All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some stories contain affiliate links. Affiliate commissions may be earned if you buy through one of these links. All prices are correct as of the time they were published.