Elon Musk begins culling Twitter staff, cancels ‘Days of Rest’ for remaining employees

Elon Musk began laying off Twitter employees on Friday, culling its 7,500-person work force nary a week after completing his acquisition of the troubled social media service.

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Kate Conger and Ryan Mac for The New York Times:

Twitter employees were notified in a companywide email that the layoffs were set to begin, according to a copy of the message seen by The New York Times. Workers were instructed to go home and not go to the offices on Friday as the cuts proceeded. The message, which came from a generic address and was signed “Twitter,” did not detail the total number of layoffs.

About half of Twitter’s workers appeared set to lose their jobs, according to previous internal messages and an investor, though the final count may take time to become clear.

Early Friday morning, the company began to notify some employees that they had been laid off. The emails, some of which were seen by The Times, varied by an employee’s region or country. One New York-based worker received an email saying their job had been “impacted” but that they would remain employed through a separation date in early February.

“During this time, you will be on a Non-Working Notice period and your access to Twitter systems will be deactivated,” read the email, which was also signed “Twitter.” Employees would receive details on severance “within a week.”

Mr. Musk also brought in more than 50 engineers and employees from his other companies, including the electric carmaker Tesla, to review the layoff lists of Twitter workers and the social platform’s technology.

On Thursday, workers got other signals that their workplace was changing. Twitter’s “Days of Rest,” which are monthly days off so employees can rest and recharge, were removed from their calendars, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

MacDailyNews Take: Actions have consequences. Employees are paid to work.

Fully bastardized, corrupted, and utterly tarnished from within, Twitter is now a private company that deserves a very thorough cleaning (hence the sink).MacDailyNews, November 1, 2022

Broken long ago, Twitter is a slanted, myopic joke as it is currently run.MacDailyNews, April 14, 2022

Twitter can be made valuable, worth far in excess of $54.20 per share, if the platform is returned to an open “town square” marketplace of ideas, sans heavy-handed, one-sided censorship, shadow-banning, etc.

Hopefully Musk will be an agent of change for a platform that should, at this point, be considered a public utility that allows for all viewpoints to be openly discussed.

Elon Musk is a doer. — MacDailyNews, October 21, 2022

The doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change this industry are both the thinker and doer in one person. – Steve Jobs

A few more quotes:

• Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. ― Benjamin Franklin

To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy. ― Aung San Suu Kyi

• Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost. ― Neil Gaiman

Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. – Potter Stewart

• Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. ― United Nations

• If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ― George Washington

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    1. You don’t launch rockets with “safe spaces”, “days of rest”, and screwing around on Discord and watching Anime all day when you’re supposed to be working.

        1. Twitter dose not own their employees, they can leave for another job, take government assistance, or start there own business. Ownership (slavery) is a CCP thing.

        2. “Employers should not own people.”
          You’re going off the deep end, friend.

          Red Wave coming and impending Blue Team “shellacking” got you down?

          Certainly understand if lately you’re watching hyperbolic Dinosaur Dem Presidents running around the country screaming 😱 the sky is falling on our Democracy [when it’s really a Republic] at same time trashing HALF of Americans, yup, NOT going to help.

          Just relax and wait for MAGA movement to help us ALL return to the PROSPERITY of the Trump presidency… 🇺🇸

    2. imagine the few conservative twitter employees that had to hide there political beliefs and ideas on free speech. Those few “red” employees must feel like they are living in a dream.

      1. As a conservative employee in a similar company — I can’t imagine I’d ever celebrate if I was in their shoes. In fact, I know I wouldn’t.

        Regardless of differences in political opinions many of my coworkers are still my friends. Human beings. Who have families to take care of. Mortgages and bills to pay. I would mourn.

        Shame on you for thinking such things. Do you really hate everybody on the other side?!

        1. Shame on you for taking facts out of context.

          The Liberal Media, Liberal Hollywood, Liberal Education, Liberal Big Tech and other professions have closet Republican staying silent to keep their jobs and feed their family.

          Q Jack Nicholson, “you can’t handle the truth!”…

      2. Indeed. Musk went out of his way to create a distrusting and toxic work culture. By re-enabling the bullhorn for foreign agents, liars, and haters on his platform he predictably now watches ad revenue dry up and his best employees leave. Honorable people don’t want to be associated with the unbridled nastiness that rule-free cage fight style forums turn out to be. We now see that Tesla accomplished much in spite of this idiot, not because of his leadership. Let’s hope Tesla is purchased by an automaker with sane level-headed leadership, and Twitter disappears forever. Looks like that’s the path Elon has taken, from his own admission.


  1. Long overdue.

    Twitter had become nothing more than a bloated, unprofitable tool for the woke mob to push their vision and agenda. Political bias ran amuck within the company culture, ruining what was originally designed as a free speech and right to any opinion platform. There are very few things that could be actually considered “hate speech.” And if you’re going to police for those things, the rules must apply evenly across the board.

    I’m sure there are plenty of talented engineers at Twitter, but all the talent in the world doesn’t excuse the abuse of power by many within its halls.

    The paid vacation is over for many of the Millenials and Gen Zers who may now actually have to put in a full 40 hours or more of hard work like many other professionals. Not paid to sit in a plush office and spend half their day on Slack with their co-workers.

    Work hard. Make the company profitable. Earn your pay and benefits.

    1. It’s been reported that Mike Lindell will be sending pillows to all employees losing their positions. Intent; simple kindness as they need head cushion as they cry/weep, cushion for extended butt time on couch and for intellectual stimuli…pillow fights.
      Mike’s quite a guy.

    1. it is time to get rid of the career, lying, criminal, graft, grifting, kid screwing politicians et al. that have been in DC for 20, 30, 40 years (ahem, Biden) passing out those carve out benefits you abhor to secure votes to ensure their reelection next time around.

      So, in summary you are saying

      First, this Nov. 8, 2022, vote MAGA Republicans. Not RINO’s and not Dems.

      Then, push for term limits, “One and Done, Clear Out the Scum!

      I couldn’t agree with you more!

  2. Get ready for the “we’ve been cancelled by the woke cabal satanists” when the residual advertising income dries up and Mush has to pour in money to settle his backers.
    Once folk realise Mush has enabled disinformation central come Monday – pay your $8 to get accreditation , change your username to **select perceived enemy ID ** and lie like an Olympian champ…all bets are off.
    Prediction: Twitter wings clipped in 3 months, dead in 6 months.
    Good riddance.
    MDN Take(s): Laughable self promoting braggadocio, bombastic hubris.
    What could possibly go wrong…

    1. “Prediction: Twitter wings clipped in 3 months, dead in 6 months.” i’Caled.

      “Laughable self promoting braggadocio, bombastic hubris.” sounds more like, well, YOU!

    2. If one Musk’s earliest tweet as Twitter owner about the attack on Paul Pelosi is any indication, then it is certain that Twitter is about to quickly become Qanon central for misinformation, conspiracies, and generally a toxic stew of hate.

      This place might suit MAGA republicans, but I think the average normal thinking person will quickly find the new Twitter unpalatable and leave.

      Elon might think he is “draining the swamp” but all he is doing is installing a giant septic tank.

      1. Before Musk, “average normal thinking persons” were censored on Twitter.
        Truth (like the Hunter Biden laptop) was murdered.
        Twitter had become an echo chamber for woke Marxists — but that seems to be your preference.
        You lefties always project.

      2. Normal people avoided twitter like the plague. It’s better now than the over-censored manipulative cancel culture that it was! And you are so exaggerating it’s ridiculous.

    1. Jim K is, apparently, a long-term member of the Imagine Group…imagine the platform, that he apparently is going to miss, that spouted untruths about critical things (viruss, Huntar’s cee pu, lips, tips and sniffs) and worked in concert with the Admin to suppress info, was so good. But, he now imagines that same platform, with new owner, is now spouting hate speech, when nothing has changed. His bottle, that’s gripped btwn his lips, delivers his imaginary comfort (narrative). Please reply with just one example of hate speech…just one, or forever consider yourself a hack. Ask Tennersworth for assistance…as it appears he shops at the same bottle store.
      Now that I think about it, maybe you two work at TWTR and are just pissed at Elon?

    2. Your question is posed on a false premise — a modus operandi of lefties.
      Why can lefties never have an honest debate?
      The only hate speech being pushed on Twitter was before Musk arrived. And that is because leftist lies were accepted as facts and the truth was regularly banned (think Hunter Biden laptop).

    3. Who says they don’t care about freely pushing hate speech? NOBODY is “pushing” hate speech at twitter, you sound absurd.
      And every employer cares about losing man days every month, which are above their vacation time. Add up the number of employees and multiply by 12 days off per year. That adds up to the equivalent of a few full time positions in big company!

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