Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter CEO less than one year ago, lastly addressed the layoffs that impacted roughly 50% of the corporate he co-founded in 2006. The workforce discount, led by Twitter’s new proprietor Elon Musk, impacted hundreds of individuals — and key teams working on human rights, accessibility, AI ethics and curation.
“Of us at Twitter previous and current are sturdy and resilient,” Dorsey stated on Twitter on Saturday morning. “They may all the time discover a manner regardless of how troublesome the second. I notice many are indignant with me. I personal the accountability for why everyone seems to be on this state of affairs: I grew the corporate measurement too rapidly. I apologize for that.”
Dorsey, who additionally stepped down from Twitter’s board five months ago, added that he’s “grateful for, and love, everybody who has ever labored at Twitter. I don’t count on that to be mutual on this second … or ever … and I perceive.”
Leaked documents from the Elon Musk v. Twitter trial give some perception into how Dorsey was fascinated about the way forward for the social media firm. Dorsey texted Musk that he left as a result of Twitter wanted to develop into a brand new platform — one which isn’t an organization.
“I consider it should be an open supply protocol, funded by a basis of types that doesn’t personal the protocol, solely advances it. A bit like what Sign has executed. It may well’t have an promoting mannequin,” Dorsey texted Musk.
Yesterday, impacted Twitter staff used the hashtag #LoveWhereYouWorked, a riff on the inner hashtag #LoveWhereYouWork, to thank one another, say goodbye and share private information. As one former employee put it, the brand new hashtag is a “bittersweet phrase — not as a result of I’m gone, however as a result of it’s gone.”
Regardless of Dorsey’s departure from his official roles at Twitter, his silence was seen. Musk, in the meantime, addressed the layoffs on Friday night.
“Relating to Twitter’s discount in pressure, sadly there isn’t a alternative when the corporate is dropping over [$4 million a day],” Musk tweeted. “Everybody exited was supplied 3 months of severance, which is 50% greater than legally required.”
Present and former Twitter staff can attain out to Natasha Mascarenhas at @nmasc_ or Sign, a safe messaging app, at (925) 271 0912.