By Caden Pearson
Twitter has reportedly informed its global workforce of 7,500 employees that layoffs will be announced on Friday morning, according to reports citing a company message.
“Team, In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce on Friday,” the message, published in full by Business Insider, reportedly states.
“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 company reportedly informed employees that impacted individuals would receive a message to their personal email accounts with the subject line “Your Role at Twitter” by 9 a.m. PST on Nov. 4.
Employees not impacted were told they’d be sent a message to their Twitter emails.
According to the message, Twitter will temporarily close its offices, and all badge access will be suspended during the process.
The company said this is to “help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data.”
“If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home,” the message reportedly reads.
The Epoch Times contacted Twitter for comment and confirmation about these reports.
Past Denials by Musk
The move was reported by the Washington Post, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Insider. Musk has previously denied reports by the Washington Post and the New York Times on his plans for Twitter’s workforce.
On Oct. 31, Musk denied a NY Times report published the day before, which claimed Twitter layoffs would occur before Nov. 1, when employees were scheduled to receive stock grants as part of their compensation.
The new Twitter owner responded to the report on the platform, saying, “this is false.”
Musk also denied an Oct. 20 Washington Post report that he planned to terminate 75 percent of Twitter’s workforce. A Bloomberg report corroborated the story, citing anonymous people close to the situation. Musk has yet to confirm or deny the Bloomberg story.
While Twitter has not yet confirmed the veracity of the reports about staff layoffs being announced on Friday, senior executives were among the first to be fired when Musk took control of Twitter, including CEO Parag Agrawal, finance chief Ned Segal, and legal affairs and policy chief Vijaya Gadde.