Twitter has laid off at least 200 staff in another round of cuts, according to reports in the New York Times.
It said the tech giant had cut 10% of its current workforce, which it estimated at 2,000 people.
This is the latest round of job losses at Twitter since chief executive Elon Musk sacked about 50% of its 7,500 employees when he took over in October.
As staff learned of their fate, Mr Musk tweeted: “Hope you have a good Sunday. First day of the rest of your life.”
And senior product manager Martijn de Kuijper, who founded newsletter tool Revue which Twitter acquired in 2021, said he found out he had lost his job after being locked out of his work emails.
It’s been a while since my phone blew up on a Sunday because of news about Twitter – not because there hasn’t been any, but because we’ve all got used to it.
More divisive user-experience changes to the platform, more provocative tweets from its owner Elon Musk… we are familiar with that drill. But nobody was expecting Esther Crawford, who had established herself as an influential figure in so-called Twitter 2.0, to be laid off.
In November, she shared a picture of herself lying down inside a sleeping bag and wearing an eye mask on the floor at Twitter HQ. She has tirelessly cheerleaded the firm’s path under Mr Musk. Some thought the product manager might even become the company’s next chief executive. Mr Musk said weeks ago that he would stand aside in the role as soon as he found a replacement.
It demonstrates once again this new brutal environment in which even the most loyal are unprotected. It will be familiar to many in the commercial sector and it’s increasingly the way big tech is going as budgets start to bite.
Esther herself tweeted that it was “a mistake” to think that her “optimism and hard work” had been a bad decision. “I’m deeply proud of the team for building through so much noise and chaos,” she wrote.
She probably wouldn’t have called it “noise and chaos” this time last week.