Less than one week after Elon Musk took control of Twitter, the great purge is already well underway. Top executives like CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and Policy Chief Vijaya Gadde have already been fired, but an avalanche of cuts is to follow.
Musk is already full steam ahead with his plans to reshape Twitter’s workforce, informing the company’s 7,500 employees that layoffs will start on Friday, according to the Washington Post.
“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,” an email to employees on Thursday read, according to the newspaper.
“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 news of employee cuts shouldn’t come as a shock to those getting the axe today as Musk made it very clear prior to purchasing Twitter earlier this year that the company under his ownership “will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware.”
Musk tweeted last week, when asked by a follower what’s the one thing that’s most messed up at Twitter right now, “there seem to be 10 people ‘managing’ for every one person coding.”
Musk informed employees that “By 9AM PST on Friday, Nov. 4th, everyone will receive an individual email with the subject line: Your Role at Twitter.”