Layoffs have reportedly continued at Twitter. According to multiple reports and posts from numerous former employees, the company has let go of more than four dozen employees. TechCrunch has indicated that the majority of the layoffs came from the company’s product team, including Esther Crawford.
Esther Crawford reportedly oversaw the company’s paid verification system, Twitter Blue. She also seemingly defended some of the company’s extreme working conditions. In November, one of Crawford’s colleagues, Evan Jones, posted a photo of her sleeping on the floor of her office with a caption that reads, “When you need something from your boss at Elon Twitter.”
“When your team is pushing round the clock to make deadlines sometimes you sleep where you work],” she wrote.
“Since some people are losing their minds I’ll explain: doing hard things requires sacrifice (time, energy, etc). I have teammates around the world who are putting in the effort to bring something new to life so it’s important to me to show up for them & keep the team unblocked.”
Twitter’s latest round of layoffs followed reports of the company’s internal Slack channels being disconnected. Some reports claimed Twitter failed to pay its bill for the service while others claimed that the internal communication server was manually shut off.
“Slack is gone so no one knows what is going on,” one employee reportedly said.
“People receive [a]n email at 2 am on Saturday and access cut immediately. This will go down as one of the most extreme [layoffs] in entire corporate history”
Twitter’s Elon Musk has not issued a statement regarding the most recent round of layoffs. Since taking over, Musk has reportedly cut 70% of the previous staff at Twitter.