Hundreds of Twitter’s Irish workers are anxiously waiting to find out if they still have a job.
The social media giant is today expected to cut its global workforce in half just days after billionaire Elon Musk completed his $44bn (€45bn) takeover of the company.
Staff will be told by email whether they have been laid off or not by 4pm Irish time.
Workers who are being kept on will receive a notification via their Twitter email.
Meanwhile, those who are being let go will be locked out of their Twitter email account and will be informed via their personal email.
Tweeps are just hanging out in Slack saying nice things to each other until their access is cut off. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Some really incredible people leaving Twitter tonight. We are all worse off without them there
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) November 4, 2022
In the internal memo last night, the company said it recognised that a “number of individuals who have made valuable contributions to Twitter” were losing their jobs.
It insisted that the move was “unfortunately necessary to ensure the company’s success moving forward”.
The emails are already being sent and many employees have already taken to the platform saying they’ve been let go.
Musk began his takeover of the company by firing three of its top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal, last week.
Talking to a couple of Twitter employees just now who learned they don't work there anymore when their email stopped working. I have never talked to people more excited to get laid off in my entire life.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 4, 2022
The company’s offices around the world have been temporarily shut and staff have been locked out of their company accounts.
Twitter employs around 500 people at its Dublin office.
Main image shows the Twitter headquarters on Fenian Street in Dublin. Image: Aoife Kearns