Musk Had Employees Recommend Their Own Replacements Before Firing Them

( — Twitter chief and billionaire Elon Musk had staff recommend their own replacements before he fired them. Musk asked a number of his managerial staff to make a list of their most competent employees, not knowing they were selecting their own substitutes. Twitter has seen its workforce cut from 7,500 to just 2,000 since Musk bought the social media giant last October. Bruce Daisley, a former Vice President of Twitter in Europe, said morale was at an all-time low and employees could no longer say they were proud to work there.

Musk’s reputation has dwindled in the time he has been in charge at Twitter, primarily due to the treatment of workers. Some former employees said they weren’t even informed of their firing but found out when they were unable to log in to internal IT systems. In an email, Musk told remaining workers they needed to commit to longer hours at “high intensity” or leave the organization. He gave employees less than a day to express their intent and stated that only “exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”

The billionaire has publicly stated that he had no choice but to make the cuts as the company was losing millions of dollars per day. He blamed “activist groups pressuring advertisers” for a “massive drop in revenue.” He added that the same activists were trying to destroy free speech in America.

The platform is almost exclusively funded by advertising but income from this source has dropped since Musk took over. Some of the major companies to cease advertising include Europe’s largest car manufacturer Volkswagen, as well as General Motors and Audi. Companies cite Musk’s intention to re-open the platform to controversial figures such as former President Donald Trump, as well as reinstating banned accounts, as the reason for bringing their marketing deals with Twitter to an end.

Some former employees have filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming they did not receive 60 days’ notice as required by California law.

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