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Elon Musk laid off employees via Twitter, which led to a trend as Mark Zuckerberg did the same.


Elon Musk laid off employees via Twitter, which led to a trend as Mark Zuckerberg did the same.
Elon Musk laid off employees via Twitter, which led to a trend as Mark Zuckerberg did the same.

Elon Musk's staff layoffs at Twitter have caused ripples in the tech industry and earned praise from Mark Zuckerberg, who is now considering similar cuts at Meta.


Elon Musk laid off employees via Twitter, which led to a trend as Mark Zuckerberg did the same. Twitter Layoffs and Why They Are Trending

Elon Musk announced large layoffs at a social media company on his Twitter account a few months ago. He defended the decision in a tweet on November 5. Elon Musk laid off employees via Twitter, which led to a trend as Mark Zuckerberg did the same.

“Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day.“

The CEO of a popular social media company recently announced that laid-off employees were offered three months of severance pay, which exceeds the legally required amount by 50%. The decision to downsize was made due to the company's financial losses and the need for a more efficient workforce. This move sparked rumors that other companies in the industry, such as Meta, may follow suit. In a podcast interview, Mark Zuckerberg expressed support for Elon Musk's actions and praised his efforts to streamline Twitter. As the conversation continued, Zuckerberg shared his personal opinion on the matter.

“I also think that it was probably good for the industry that he made those changes because my sense is that there were a lot of other people who thought that those were good changes but who may have been a little shy about doing them.”

Following Zuckerberg's lead, the press posted tweets that caused concern in the industry, suggesting that further layoffs may be on the horizon. Eight months after Musk's Twitter restructuring, Zuckerberg implemented similar layoffs, dubbing 2023 the "year of efficiency." While the Meta CEO has not made any recent statements regarding future layoffs, sources close to the matter suggest that discussions are in the final stages to streamline Meta's workforce even further. When asked about the reasons for previous layoffs, Zuckerberg explained that Meta is focused on higher-quality projects and desires a slimmer structure between top management and product line producers.


He stated:

“We have a desire to empower engineers and ensure that there is no eight degrees of management.”

Looking back to March before the latest layoffs, Zuckerberg circulated a company-wide memo that read in part:

“Over the next couple of months, org leaders will announce restructuring plans focused on flattening our org, canceling lower priority projects, and reducing our hiring rates. With less hiring, I’ve made the difficult decision to reduce the size of our recruiting team further.

After discussions with Fridman about further firings, some have reconsidered the Twitter layoffs and the trend of over-hiring in the tech world. A deeper analysis of the reasons behind recent layoffs reveals that tech CEOs are finally recognizing the issue of over-hiring and exploring potential solutions.


As companies grow rapidly, they tend to over-hire, resulting in bulky, bureaucratic divisions that hinder innovation and slow down decision-making. In the tech industry, sustainable and profitable business models are crucial, which puts pressure on management to remain dynamic in operational decisions.


Impact of Twitter Layoffs on Employees and the Industry

There are concerns about possible layoffs in the tech industry following Zuckerberg's recent remarks. As companies look to streamline their operations, job security and employee morale could be negatively affected, changing the perception of once-stable tech jobs. This trend, which was initiated by Musk, may prompt other companies to reassess their staffing needs and consider similar measures. Unfortunately, any additional layoffs could have a ripple effect throughout the industry, exacerbating the already high levels of unemployment.


Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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