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Twitter is asking some of the staff it fired on Friday to come back

Anish Vij

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Twitter is asking some of the staff it fired on Friday to come back

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Twitter is reportedly asking some of its staff to return to the company just days after getting fired.

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The social media platform has slashed almost half of its workforce due to a 'massive drop in revenue', Elon Musk has said.

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Twitter's new owner previously tweeted that the 'company is losing over $4m/day'.

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of safety and integrity, seemingly confirmed the cuts and said: "Yesterday’s reduction in force affected approximately 15% of our Trust & Safety organisation (as opposed to approximately 50% cuts company-wide), with our front-line moderation staff experiencing the least impact."

Musk has defended his decision to cut staff. Credit: Pexels
Musk has defended his decision to cut staff. Credit: Pexels

However, it now seems that the company is allegedly re-hiring some of the employees that were let go, Bloomberg reports.

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The publication said that 'according to two people familiar with the moves', some employees were laid off 'by mistake'.

UNILAD has contacted Twitter for comment.

Twitter is reportedly asking some of its staff to return to the company after recently getting fired. Credit: Pexels
Twitter is reportedly asking some of its staff to return to the company after recently getting fired. Credit: Pexels

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a public apology after Musk brutally laid-off nearly half of the company's employees.

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Posting on Twitter, Dorsey wrote: "Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient. They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment.

"I realise many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologise for that."

In a follow-up tweet, he added: "I am grateful for, and love, everyone who has ever worked on Twitter. I don't expect that to be mutual in this moment...or ever…and I understand."

Jack Dorsey has apologised for Twitter employees losing their jobs. Credit: Twitter
Jack Dorsey has apologised for Twitter employees losing their jobs. Credit: Twitter
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Musk has defended his decision as he told his followers that 'everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance which is 50 percent more than legally required'.

Twitter has also announced a blue tick verification scheme, which will cost users $7.99 a month.

In a statement, Twitter said: “Starting today, we're adding great new features to Twitter Blue, and have more on the way soon. Get Twitter Blue for $7.99/month if you sign up now.

"Blue checkmark: Power to the people. Your account will get a blue checkmark, just like the celebrities, companies, and politicians you already follow.

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“Coming soon… Half the ads & much better ones.

“Since you’re supporting Twitter in the battle against the bots, we’re going to reward you with half the ads and make them twice as relevant.”

Twitter has also announced a blue tick verification scheme, which will cost users $7.99 a month. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Twitter has also announced a blue tick verification scheme, which will cost users $7.99 a month. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

On Saturday (November 5) Musk said the new system will be rolled out worldwide.

He wrote: "Far too many legacy "verified" checkmarks were handed out, often arbitrarily, so in reality they are *not* verified. You can buy as many as you want right now with a Google search.

"Piggybacking off payment system plus Apple/Android is a much better way to ensure verification.

"As soon as we confirm it's working well in the initial set of countries and we have the translation work done, it will roll out worldwide."

Topics: News, Twitter, Social Media, Elon Musk

Anish Vij
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