Twitter Further Shrinks Size of Its Global Content Moderation Team

People acquainted with the situation say that Twitter, under its new owner Elon Musk, has further reduced the size of the trust and safety team in charge of managing worldwide content moderation as well as the division responsible for dealing with harassment and hate speech. 

Employees at the company’s Dublin and Singapore headquarters were impacted by at least a dozen further layoffs on Friday night, according to the employees who requested not to be named discussing private decisions. They included Analuisa Dominguez, Twitter’s senior director of revenue policy, and Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, the company’s recently hired head of site integrity for the Asia-Pacific region.

Employees on teams in charge of state media on the site, worldwide appeals, and the social network’s disinformation policy were also fired. Ella Irwin, Twitter’s director of trust and safety, acknowledged that certain team members were let go but refuted claims that they specifically targeted the regions named: 

It made more sense to consolidate teams under one leader (instead of two) for example.” 

-Ella Irwin via Bloomberg 

She said that Twitter does get rid of positions in departments that didn’t generate enough “volume” to warrant continuing funding. She did, however, mention that Twitter has boosted employment in its appeals department and would keep a head of revenue policy and a head for the Asia-Pacific area of the platform for trust and safety.

Twitter Laid Off Several of its Employees Following the Arrival of Elon Musk

Around 5,000 of Twitter’s 7,500 workers have been let go or fired since Musk took over the firm. He also implemented a “hardcore” work atmosphere for those who remain. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Twitter for unpaid invoices, including those for rent at one of its San Francisco locations, software services, and private chartered aircraft trips.

Even before Musk assumed control of Twitter, the firm’s relationship with him was already a turbulent one. Musk is also the CEO of manufacturer Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX. After signing an agreement in April to purchase the business, he later made an effort to back out of the arrangement, which prompted Twitter to sue him. Following many months of pre-trial conflict, Musk completed the transaction only in time to beat the deadline set by the court.

Source: Bloomberg


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