As part of a sweeping overhaul of Twitter Inc., its new owner Elon Musk has shut down its West African office barely three days after it started operation.
Throughout the year, Twitter has been filling vacancies in the Ghana-based office, as part of an expansionist movement to capitalise on local advertising partners.
Members of that team have now all been laid off. An email from Twitter to employees reads in part:
In an effort to place Twitter on a healthy path, we will go through the difficult process of reducing our global workforce. We recognize that this will impact a number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter, but this action is unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward.
Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey has stepped forward to take some responsibility for the layoffs that Musk has unleashed on the company which at the time of this reporting had climbed to over 3,700 jobs. Dorsey tweeted:
Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient. They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment…I realize many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.
But by last night, new reports revealed that Twitter had started reaching out to some of the employees whose jobs had been gutted in the layoffs, seeking that the return to work for the company presumably today.
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