Musk Declares Employee Purges Are Over – Time To Start Hiring

( Elon Musk cleaned house almost immediately after he took over Twitter, with almost two-thirds of the company’s 7,500 employees left without work, according to a report published earlier this week by The Verge.

But, now, not only are the firings over, the company is now ready to starting hiring new talent.

Musk made this announcement to the employees who are still with Twitter at an all-hands meeting on Monday. According to The Verge report, Musk said that Twitter was mainly looking to fill roles in sales and engineering.

The Verge obtain a partial recording of the all-hands meeting at Twitter, during which staff asked Musk many questions over 30 minutes. On one occasion, Musk — who also runs Tesla and SpaceX — said that it’s a “moderate” not “right-wing” takeover of Twitter. The question being asked of him was whether Twitter could possibly move from its current California home to Texas.

As Musk informed his employees:

“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-win to right-wing, which is not the case. This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.

“To be the digital town square, we must represent people with a wide array of views, even if we disagree with those views.”

Musk also pointed out that he believes Twitter needs to increase its focus on the influence the social media platform has overseas, especially in countries like Japan.

The Verge reported that Musk said:

“It may seem as though Twitter is U.S.-centric, but if anything, it’s Japan-centric. There are roughly the same number of daily active users in Japan as there are in the U.S., despite the fact that Japan has one third of the population of the U.S.”

Musk has only owned the company for three weeks, but he’s fired large swaths of workers in a short period of time in house-cleaning and cost-cutting measures. In addition to those who were fired, more than 1,000 other workers resigned on their own, unwilling to work for Musk or the new Twitter.

There have been a lot of major changes at Twitter in a short amount of time, in addition to the major changes in staffing.

In less than a week, the social media company created new gray checkmark badges for government officials, but then rescinded those. Next, it made available blue checkmarks for any user who paid an $8 subscription fee, but that offering was halted soon after as well.

In addition, many people who were banned from the social media platform under the previous regime were allowed to return to the platform. The most notably of these people is former President Donald Trump, who was banned not long after the Capitol riot in early 2021.

Even though he’s now allowed to return to Twitter, Trump hasn’t done so yet. Since being banned, Trump started his own social media platform, Truth Social.