Twitter to make staff cuts in the wake of Elon Musk's takeover

There have been suggestions that as many as half of the company's workforce could be cut

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Twitter has begun its process of making staff cuts in the wake of Elon Musk's takeover of the social media platform.

There have been suggestions that as many as half of the company's workforce could be cut to make way for a major shakeup instigated by the new owner.

Twitter employs over 7,500 worldwide and some staff members have taken to the platform to confirm they have lost their jobs.

Musk has outlined plans to drastically scale back costs on the platform that cost him a reported £39 billion.

In a recent post, he stated "we need to pay the bills somehow" as he outlined plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for verified users.

Elon Musk recently purchased the platform.
Elon Musk recently purchased the platform.

In an internal email reportedly sent to staff, the job cuts are "an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path" and action is "unfortunately necessary".

Staff have been told that everyone will receive an email by 9am PST (4pm GMT) on Friday, with those who are affected by the cuts set to receive the message on their personal email address rather than the one associated with their work.

Twitter has began clearing out a significant proportion of its staff members.
Twitter has began clearing out a significant proportion of its staff members.

“Given the nature of our distributed workforce and our desire to inform impacted individuals as quickly as possible, communications for this process will take place via email,” the internal email said.

The message said Twitter’s offices around the world would be “temporarily closed” and that staff badge access “will be suspended”.

“If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home,” the email said.

Despite the message asking staff to not discuss the cuts on social media, a number of workers have already taken to Twitter to confirm they are leaving the company, with some revealing they have been logged out of their work laptops and internal messaging systems.

Others are using the platform to say goodbye and thank their colleagues.