Twitter Asks Dozens of Laid-Off Employees to Return
On Sunday, Twitter asked dozens of employees who lost their jobs after being taken over by Elon Musk to return. According to the news agency Bloomberg, these are people who were fired accidentally or because management had made wrong decisions.
Some were fired too soon, Twitter reports. Management realized too late that their work and experience are needed after all to build the innovations Musk envisions.
Twitter fired nearly 3,700 people this week via email. Many employees found out they had lost their jobs after their access to systems, such as email and Slack, was suddenly suspended. The return requests to employees show that the acquisition was "rushed and chaotic," sources say.
Twitter still employs about 3,700 people. Musk is urging the remaining staff to work quickly on the renewals. Some employees even slept in the office to meet deadlines.
The New Checkmark Plan Delayed
Thus, Twitter has begun implementing a new subscription system. At issue is a new version of Twitter Blue, a paid service for which users pay $8 a month for the verification checkmark, or blue check.
With this, users prove they are who they say they are. Many celebrities, companies, government agencies, and journalists currently use this checkmark for free to combat the spread of disinformation.
Twitter moved the deadline for changing the checkmarks Sunday until after Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections, reports The New York Times. That decision was made because of concerns that the plan could be misused to sow discord during the election.