Twitter announces layoffs for more than 300 employees

Though the social platform’s chief exec told his staff in a letter that he would “tell it to [them] straight,” the company was criticized for the way it handled the situation. 

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On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would lay off a whopping 336 employees—eight percent of the company’s workforce—as it looks to rebound from stagnating growth and revenue.

Dorsey communicated the layoffs in a lengthy letter to his employees:


We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I’m going to give it to you straight.

The team has been working around the clock to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine, and Periscope and they are shaping up to be strong. The roadmap is focused on the experiences which will have the greatest impact. We launched the first of these experiences last week with Moments, a great beginning, and a bold peek into the future of how people will see what’s going on in the world.

The roadmap is also a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work. Product and Engineering are going to make the most significant structural changes to reflect our plan ahead. We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. And the rest of the organization will be streamlined in parallel.

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