Two people familiar with the actions of Elon Musk told Insider that Musk fired several dozen Twitter employees on Wednesday night. Most of them were engineers.
According to people, the firings were unexpected at Twitter. Musk stated in an all-hands meeting that there would no more layoffs within the company.
One person said that employees who were fired on Wednesday night were told they would be laid off due to poor performance and were offered one month of severance.
According to the two individuals, the termination process was similar as that of previously laid-off employees. Access to work tools, computers, and email accounts was cut off.
Many Twitter employees have been laid off, quit, ousted by Musk leaving behind critical workers. The people claimed that Twitter employees are already so low-handed that they have had to work Thanksgiving.
According to Insider, the firings may be due to Musk’s new policy that requires Twitter engineers and staff to update him each week on what they did, what they were hoping to accomplish, and what lines of code they wrote. These updates are usually due on Fridays but this week they were due on Wednesday, as Insider previously reported.
Twitter recruiters reportedly recruited external engineers to work under Musk. Musk even hired a hoaxer to fool the media into believing he had been laid off from Twitter. One person said that this led to staff believing that Musk had stopped abrupt firings. Insider reached out to Musk representatives but they didn’t respond immediately.