Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk says “general amnesty” for banned accounts will start next week for those “not breaking the law or engaging in serious spam.” He users are polled on whether Twitter should pardon, seemingly ignoring the fact that such polls can be easily fooled by bots. More than 72 percent of the 3.2 million votes cast approved Musk’s pardon proposal.
musk Donald Trump’s account has been restored last weekend after a similar poll. Trump has yet to tweet after getting his account back, though he has continued to post on his own app, Social Truth. Last weekend, Musk account has been restored by comedian Kathy Griffin (who poked fun at Musk before her account was suspended), right-wing provocateur Jordan Peterson, and conservative satire website Babylon bee.
According to the report, the latest twist in the Twitter story comes a day after the company fired another 50 engineers without notice. They were fired soon after the company started a code review program, whereby engineers were required to submit samples of their work weekly. Dozens of engineers were fired via email on the eve of Thanksgiving because “their code was unsatisfactory,” according to precipiceby Alex Heath.
Others receive a warning about their performance. “Note that failing to meet expectations could result in your employment termination…take this opportunity to restore our trust and demonstrate your contributions to the cause. group and company,” that warning email was read.
Fired engineers have been reported offer four weeks of severance pay if they sign a separation agreement and waive all claims against Twitter. They stayed at the company after Musk lay off about half of the workforce. Last week, he asked the rest of the staff to commit to working on his vision for an “extremely hardcore” Twitter 2.0. People selected (about 1,200 of the 3,900 people still at the company as of early last week) were fired with the promise of three months of severance pay.
The latest round of layoffs comes just two days after Musk reportedly told employees the layoffs had been made and that Twitter is recruiting, focusing on “people who are good at writing software.” One of the Twitter engineers turfed out on Wednesday is Ikuhiro Ihara, who is leading the effort to double the tweet character limit to 280 back in 2017. Twitter also gave away Ying Xiao, a senior machine learning scientist that a colleague described as communication‘s Zoë Schiffer as the “best ML modeler” around. Looks like some engineers got fired already have an H1B . visa and now face a race to find a new job if he wants to stay in the US.
Schiffer also reported that Twitter took a pay cut for its remaining contractors just before the holiday weekend. That move comes less than two weeks after the company eliminated thousands of its contractors. Musk is said to have reduced privileges for employees this week, including daycare benefits, home internet costs and training — effectively cutting workers’ compensation packages.
These measures are part of Musk’s aggressive effort to cut costs at Twitter, which owes at least $1 billion in annual interest on loans he took out to help buy the company. Earlier this week, it was reported that Twitter has been hacked make it difficult for suppliers and contractors to pay, with some millions of dollars in arrears. Twitter no longer has a media department that can be reached for comment.