Elon Musk has shocked the world of social media again, this time by the overnight firing of four thousand contractors.
Only a week after Musk broomed half his Twitter employee workforce, Musk has now dumped most of his contractors who are reportedly responsible for content moderation and “misinformation” control.
4,400 out of 5,500 contractors discovered they were fired after attempting to login to their works stations and communication programs and found themselves locked out.
According to the Daily Mail:
Melissa Ingle, who worked at Twitter as a contractor for more than a year, was one of a number of contractors who said they were terminated without notification on Saturday. She said she’s concerned that there’s going to be an increase in abuse on Twitter with the number of workers leaving.
‘I love the platform and I really enjoyed working at the company and trying to make it better. And I’m just really fearful of what’s going to slip through the cracks,’ she said.
Newton said that those employees impacted are involved in Twitter’s marketing, content moderation and real estate sectors.
‘Contractors aren’t being notified at all, they’re just losing access to Slack and email,’ Newton wrote on Twitter. ‘Managers figured it out when their workers just disappeared from the system. They heard nothing from their leaders.
Some contractors were even reportedly locked out right in the middle of performing a work task.
Musk continues to reorganize Twitter after he took control of it at the end of October.Commentary