More firings on Thanksgiving week

Everything is fine at Elon Musk’s Twitter. About a quarter of the San Francisco tech company’s staff remains; hate speech is rampant, largely unmoderated; advertisers continue to flee en masse; and Donald Trump and Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) are back on the platform for good. Meanwhile, Musk is posting racy memes and proclaiming that: “Twitter is fun.” Sure, buddy.

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Elon Musk reportedly manages to fire more Twitter employees the week of Thanksgiving

November 21, 4 p.m

Twitter has a mere fraction of the employees it had prior to Elon Musk’s takeover. The “Thanos snap” layoffs earlier this month, along with Musk’s Google Form ultimatum, has meant that the company’s employee count has been cut by a staggering percentage in a short amount of time.

How Musk was able to fire more people — Thanksgiving week, no less — would be remarkable if it weren’t so awfully bleak. According to workers who: spoke to Bloomberg, members of Twitter’s sales team have gotten the boot; more people in that team allegedly signed on for Musk’s more “hardcore” vision of Twitter. The rationale of the layoffs, it seems, is to balance the number of sales staff with the number of technical-side staff in the company. Some workers were notified Sunday that they would get cut, according to Bloomberg.

Salesforce executive praises Elon Musk for overworking employees

November 21, 12:30 p.m

An executive at Salesforce appears to be enamored with Elon Musk’s desire to work 80-hour weeks and subject his workers to those conditions.

“Show me another CEO that has more skin in the game at 1AM in the office,” Salesforce Chief Digital Evangelist Vala Afshar said in a tweet Saturday. “These young engineers are learning from the most innovative person of the twenty-first century.”

Musk decimated Twitter’s staff upon his buyout, laying off half of the company’s employees and gutting key departments within two weeks. Last week, he issued an ultimatum togo hardcore,” which reportedly resulted in around 1,200 more departures. It’s unclear, exactly, how many employees are left — but based on an estimate by the Verge, it’s likely that a mere quarter of Twitter workers remain.

Elon Musk taunts Donald Trump to come back to Twitter

November 21, 12:30 p.m

Elon Musk really can’t stop posting.

After former President Donald Trump called Truth Social “special” and publicly declined to return to Twitter — the social media stomping grounds that gave Trump a presidential platform — Musk is publicly posting memes poking fun at Trump.

“And lead us not into temptation,” Musk tweeted Sunday alongside a very NSFW meme suggesting that Trump really, really wants to come back to Elon Musk’s Twitter.

The taunting and pleading comes as Musk posted a poll about whether Twitter should reinstate the former president’s account, with a reply of “Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” Trump was banned from the site for spreading election disinformation and “the glorification of violence” in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection.

Ye also returned this weekend after being suspended last month for antisemitic tweets. Musk tweeted in the days following the buyout that his account was restored prior to his takeover. “Shalom :),” he tweeted Sunday afternoon.

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