Elon Musk fired dozens more Twitter employees the night before Thanksgiving — days after saying he was done with layoffs

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  • Dozens of Twitter employees were fired overnight Wednesday, people familiar with the matter told Insider.

  • The firing of mostly engineers came as a surprise on Twitter, the people said.

  • Thousands of Twitter employees have been fired, fired or fired since Musk took over.

Elon Musk fired several dozen Twitter employees overnight Wednesday, most of them engineers, two people familiar with the company’s actions told Insider.

The firings came as a surprise on Twitter, the people said. Musk said in an all-hands meeting earlier this week that there would be no more layoffs at the company.

The employees who were fired overnight Wednesday were told they were being let go for performance reasons and given a month’s severance, one of the people said.

The termination process was similar to that experienced by previously laid-off employees, the two people said: Access to work tools and computers was cut off, and a termination notice was sent to affected employees’ personal email accounts.

Thousands of Twitter employees have already been laid off, fired or fired by Musk, leaving critical workers stretched thin. Twitter teams are already so short-staffed that many employees have had to work on Thanksgiving, the people said.

The layoffs are believed to be at least partially a result of Musk’s new policy requiring Twitter engineers and other staff working on code or technical projects to update him weekly on what they were working on, what they hoped to complete, and specific lines of code they wrote, as Insider previously reported. While these updates are typically expected on Fridays, this week they were expected on Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Twitter recruiters have reportedly been applying for outside engineers to work for the company under Musk, and Musk has even hired a con artist who tricked the press into thinking he had just been fired from Twitter. That development had led staff to believe Musk had broken his habit of sudden firings, one of the people said.

A representative for Musk did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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