Laid-off Twitter manager saw nearly his entire team of 150 people sacked in four hours
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A former manager at Twitter has spoken out after nearly his whole team was sacked in just four hours a week after Elon Musk bought the company.
From issuing Twitter staff with an ultimatum and threatening to fire anyone who didn't conform, to publicly laying off two employees who called him out online, Musk has ruffled a fair few feathers, and certainly hasn't dilly dallied since walking into the company's HQ armed with a sink.
Just over a week after concluding his deal to buy the platform, Musk is alleged to have gotten rid of almost a whole 150-strong team, including the former head of product for Twitter's developer platform, Amir Shevat.
The ex-employee has since spoken out.
On 4 November, 2022, nine days after Musk's deal went through on 27 October, Shevat claims his team's computers started acting up.
With one member of the team's laptop having shut down, and another reporting the screen turning grey and having 'bricked', Shevat claims he received an influx of messages from team members confused over what was going on.
The former head of product told Business Insider: "Throughout about three to four hours, from 10:00pm to 2:00am, I saw most of my entire team get fired."
Shevat later found himself locked out of his work emails and company Slack account at around 1:00am, before later being sent an email from the company to his personal email account informing him he'd been made redundant.
The ex-head of product alleges Twitter told him he'd be sent information about pay and benefits he would be entitled to as a result of being let go. However, Shevat claims he never received it.
Shevat explained there 'wasn't a single person to talk to' when he approached Twitter's legal team and HR department because of how many people had been fired.
Out of 150 people in Shevat's team, the former head of product claims only two managed to escape being let go.
Outraged at the treatment of both himself and the majority of his team, but hoping the issue won't have to be taken to court, Shevat has since filed an arbitration claim against Musk.
Shevat said: "What Elon did was not right. It was not right on multiple levels."
UNILAD has contacted Twitter for comment.