Twitter S’pore office staff laid off, ex-staff worldwide tweet farewell

It is unclear how many employees have been asked to leave.

Alfie Kwa | November 05, 2022, 01:13 PM

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Employees at Singapore's Twitter office were not spared from the worldwide layoff after Elon Musk took over the social media company.

Job cuts were seen in various departments from engineering, sales and marketing teams on Friday morning, Nov. 4, according to The Straits Times.

Layoffs begin

Twitter's official account bio, "What's happening?!", reflects the uncertainty employees at the Twitter Singapore office felt hours before the layoff emails were disseminated.

Twitter's Twitter account.

It was reported that Twitter employees in Singapore anticipated the cuts, with official news on who got cut coming in as early as midnight Saturday, Nov. 5, Singapore time (9am, Friday, Nov. 4 Pacific time).

The Straits Times reported that it understands the cuts have started, but it is unclear how many Singapore employees were laid off yet.

One staff, on the condition of anonymity, told ST that the emails on their employment status started coming in on Nov. 4 morning.

In a memo sent to staff as seen by major news outlets worldwide, Twitter said employees not affected by the layoffs will be notified via their work email addresses.

Those laid off will be notified via their personal email with details on the next steps to take, the memo said.

The local staff added when the C-suites got fired or resigned, there was a lack of "top-level management to disseminate information to the rest of the employees".

During the process of letting staff go, Twitter will also be temporarily closing its offices and preventing staff access.

All badge access will be suspended, staff have been informed, in order "to help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data".

Cuts worldwide

Elon Musk is reportedly cutting 3,700 out of 7,500 Twitter jobs.

This is after firing top executives in the company immediately after he formally completed his US$44 billion (S$62 billion) acquisition.

This included CEO Parag Agrawal, CFONed Segal and senior legal executives Vijaya Gadde and Sean Edgett.

Employees who have left amid this massive cut took to Twitter to announce their departure with the hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked.

Many now ex-employees took to the platform to share how much they enjoyed working there.

One ex-staff, Rachel Bonn, said in her tweet about her last day at Twitter that she is eight months pregnant and has a 9-month-old child.

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