Twitter layoffs start the night before Elon Musk says so

  • Elon Musk began laying off employees Thursday night, multiple people told Insider.
  • Access to work platforms was suddenly cut off for many on Twitter, making it clear that they had been let go.
  • The move came just hours after an email was sent telling workers to expect layoffs to begin on Friday.

Twitter employees began losing access to work platforms shortly after the company now owned by Elon Musk told them to expect layoffs to begin the next day.

Workers suddenly started being banned from things like Slack and emailing shortly after 8:00 p.m. PT Thursday night, several employees told Insider. Despite the absence of an official memo explaining that they had been laid off, the employees were confident that they could count themselves among the 3,700 of their colleagues who are expected to be affected by Musk’s planned layoffs.

β€œIt goes east to west,” one person said. People working for Twitter in London were the first to find out, then in New York, then people working remotely in the Midwest. California, Twitter’s biggest hub, is expected to be next, several employees said.

“My whole team is gone,” said one person affected by the layoffs in New York. They worked in a team of over 30 people. Another person estimated that 90% of his team had been removed.

Hours earlier, Twitter staffers received their first communication from the company since Musk took over last week. It was a note explaining that they could expect the layoffs to begin on Friday, sent after Insider flagged such plans. Twitter said all affected workers would receive an email Friday morning at 9 a.m. ET or 6 a.m. PT.

When employees began being laid off Thursday evening, no one had received such an email, several employees said.

In the Twitter note, the company also said it was “temporarily” closing all offices. Employees were then told to leave immediately, with office security traveling to the New York and San Francisco offices to ensure employees were gone or departing. It was sudden and caught some workers off guard, especially since Musk had begun demanding intense levels of work since the Twitter takeover, leading some employees to sleep in the office. The immediacy of moving people out of the office made sense after people started getting fired that night.

“It’s a text breakup,” said one person affected by the layoffs.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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