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 egregious spam.” he punched users on whether Twitter should offer the amnesty, given the fact that bots can easily game those polls. Over 72 percent of the 3.2 million votes approved Musk’s amnesty proposal.
Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s account last weekend after a similar poll. Trump has yet to tweet after getting his account back, although he has continued to post on his own app, Truth Social. Late last week, Musk restored the accounts of comedian Kathy Griffin (who Musk wanted before her account was suspended), right-wing activist Jordan Peterson and a conservative satirical website. Babylon Beach.
The latest twist in the Twitter saga comes a day after the company fired another 50 or so engineers without notice, according to reports. They were fired just after the company started a code review program, where engineers are asked to submit samples of their work on a weekly basis. Thousands of engineers were fired via email the night before Thanksgiving because their “code is not satisfactory,” according to the report The ChampionshipThere is Alex Heath.
Others were warned about their performance. “Please note that your employment may be terminated if expectations are not met… please use this opportunity to restore our trust and demonstrate your commitment to the team and the company,” read that warning email.
It was reported that the engineers were fired offered four weeks of severance pay if they sign a separation agreement and waive any claims against Twitter. They remained at the company after Musk fired about half of the workforce. Last week, he asked the remaining employees to commit to working on his vision for Twitter 2.0 “extremely hard”. Those who were rejected (about 1,200 of the 3,900 still at the company early last week) were let go with a promise of three months’ severance pay.
The latest batch of firings came just two days after Musk reportedly told employees that layoffs had taken place and that Twitter was hiring, targeting “people who are great at writing software.” One of the Twitter engineers turfed out on Wednesday is Ikuhiro Ihara, who led the effort to double the tweet character limit to 280 back in 2017. Twitter also let Ying Xiao, a senior team machine learning research scientist described by a colleague. Platformand Zoë Schiffer as “the best ML modeler” around. It seems that some of the engineers are fired who were on H1B visas and now face a race to find a new job if they want to stay in the US.
Schiffer also reported that Twitter cut holiday pay for its other contractors just before the holiday weekend. That move came less than two weeks after the company laid off thousands of contractors. Musk also reportedly cut employee benefits this week, including daycare allowances, home internet costs and training – effectively cutting workers’ compensation packages.
The moves are part of Musk’s intense push to cut costs at Twitter, which has at least $1 billion in annual interest payments on the loans it took out to help buy the company. Earlier this week, it was reported that Twitter is pressuring vendors and contractors for payments, owing them millions of dollars in back pay. Twitter no longer has a communications department that can be reached for comment.