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Twitter might be asking some employees to come back

Musk and his team have promised to create features

by George Mensah

According to multiple reports, Twitter is reaching out to some employees to invite them back after a mass layoff last week. Elon Musk, the company’s new owner, laid off 3,700 people — nearly half of its workforce — after completing the takeover.

According to Bloomberg, the company asked some employees to return after they were laid off “by mistake.” It also stated that it was calling back some other employees because they were critical to the development of features for the platform Musk envisions.

Furthermore, several posts on the anonymous app Blind suggested that Twitter may have called a few employees back. Casey Newton also reported on internal slack that remaining employees were asked

People were let go from departments such as human rights, accessibility, machine learning ethics, transparency and accountability, advertising, marketing, communications, engineering, and curation. So it’s not surprising that it realized some of those people could be critical to keeping the platform running smoothly and developing new features.

Musk has promised a slew of new features, including a revamped verification process and a $8 Twitter Blue experience, within weeks of taking over the company. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also set extremely tight deadlines for these feature rollouts. With so many people laid off across functions, it may be difficult for the remaining employees to complete tasks on time.

Musk and his team have promised to create features such as the ability to attach long-form text to tweets and a new version of TweetDeck. Multiple people from these teams who were working on these features were fired, according to tweets from a former employee. Furthermore, the new Twitter CEO promised to build a paywall by feature with a group of publishers just days after discontinuing a similar program as part of the Twitter Blue subscription.

Last week, a group of former Twitter employees filed a class action lawsuit against the company for failing to provide adequate notice before firing them. The case accused Twitter of violating worker protection laws such as the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the National Labor Relations Act.


Job cuts aren’t the only thing that has gone wrong at Twitter since Musk’s takeover. The product launch has also been a disaster. Several people received notifications on their iOS devices over the weekend that the company is rolling out the blue checkmark to people who are willing to pay $7.99 per month. However, Esther Crawford, a Twitter product lead, clarified that these notifications were only a test. Twitter reportedly postponed the rollout of the new verification system until after the US midterm elections on Tuesday.

Twitter did not respond to the story, possibly because the entire communication staff was laid off.

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