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Elon Musk Just Fired 50% Of All Twitter Employees

African-American billionaire Elon Musk has fired thousands of people since assuming control of Twitter late last month

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African-American billionaire Elon Musk has officially fired up to half of all Twitter employees in the boldest move he’s made since the sale of the platform was finalized late last month.

The rumored move was announced yesterday, when an email was leaked that revealed Twitter would shed a significant number of its employees today at 9 a.m. PT.

This morning, though, employees found themselves locked out of Twitter systems, and managers apparently began texting their subordinates to ask whether they, too, no longer had access to their work files.

While Musk walked back his early suggestion that he would fire up to 75% of Twitter employees, reports suggest that he’s fired about 50% of the big tech company’s workers, or roughly 4,000 people. The company had about 7,500 employees before Musk bought it.

Many former Twitter employees took to Twitter to post about their shared experience of being canned by Musk.

“Has it already started?” Asked one former Twitter employee after learning she was unable to access her work email. “Happy layoff eve!” Others offered more somber remarks.

“Woke up to the news that my time working at Twitter has come to an end,” wrote former Twitter employee Michele Austin.

“I am heartbroken. I am in denial.”

One former employee reportedly posted a photo of herself sobbing and declared she was “absolutely ripped in half” and “embarrassed for posting” but couldn’t help it “because this company was so damn special.”

The tweet has since been deleted, though it was preserved by Andy Ngo, who linked the account to Twitter employee Lindsey Kander. It’s unclear whether Kander was fired.

In second post preserved by Ngo, another fired employee claimed that Musk’s acquisition is not about free speech, but rather giving conservatives a place to speak freely.

“Elon’s takeover of Twitter is not for freedom of speech,” former Twitter software engineer Enrique Rueda reportedly wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

“It’s quite literally an attempt to create a sounding board for Elon and his pals who conservative views and rhetoric hasn’t been tolerated elsewhere.”

Prior to his acquisition, many speculated that the most difficult part of purchasing Twitter would be confronting the left wing corporate culture rumored to permeate the big tech company.

Many suggested that Musk would be fundamentally unable to confront this culture because of the large number of employees who would simply refuse to participate in his free speech agenda.

Musk appears to have confronted this challenge by locking Twitter employees out of the company’s systems and bringing in Tesla employees, investors, and personal friends and allies to run the company in the short term.

Citing an anonymous source at Twitter, Politico reports that Musk has “brought in some engineers from Tesla and some investors and friends of his,” and claimed that many of the cuts were in the name of saving money.

This morning, Musk posted a tweet suggesting Twitter has lost large sums of revenue due to pressure on advertisers from left wing activist groups.

“Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue,” wrote Twitter’s new boss, “due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists.”

“Extremely messed up!” He concluded, “They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.”

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    November 5, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Elon Musk has taken steps to counter the leftist trend in this country. Anyone who has studied the tactics of the Left understands they will endure through the costs of taking control until they are totally in power and then implement their anti-human government. (Witness the Ukrainian starvation of the 1920-30 when Stalin ordered the seizure of the Ukrainian’s crops and allow somewhere between 5 and 10 million of them to starve.)

    The above referenced Twitter employees revealed this when they said “he wants to let conservative voices speak”. Freedom of speech requires this.

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    November 6, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Only 50%?? Why so forgiving?

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    November 7, 2022 at 4:48 am

    It’s just the beginning, he can’t get rid of everyone until he has the right people to replace them.
    He’s a smart sob and he’s just taken on a huge fight for free speech in the world and lost a ton of money on top of it. Guarantee he will recoup and make a ton more but he had the balls to do it.

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