Elon Musk asks Twitter employees to convince the engineers he laid off to come back, including those who can run his Twitter Blue subscription plan

Elon Musk asks Twitter employees to convince the engineers he laid off to come back, including those who can run his Twitter Blue subscription plan

  • Twitter employees are told to see if recently laid off colleagues want to return to work.
  • The company is trying to rehire media engineering workers and those who can make Twitter Blue work.
  • Yet current workers must persuade supervisors that interested people should return.

Under new CEO Elon Musk, Twitter executives have, in a week, gone from compiling lists of who they think should be laid off to compiling lists of laid-off workers they’d like to bring back.

Over the weekend, Twitter managers and directors who survived mass layoffs last week were told they ‘had the option’ to ask people who had lost their jobs ‘whether they would come back’ to work at the company, according to internal posts seen by Insider. Insider, as well as the Platformer newsletter, reported Sunday that people were being asked to return to work.

Twitter is looking for workers in a few areas, according to current and former employees. Everyone Insider spoke to spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal company matters. Their identities are known to us.

Twitter is focused, in part, on recruiting media engineering employees who can work on features like uploading videos, though workers have been told they can indeed “nominate” anyone who , according to them, should return, said two people familiar, corroborating the messages seen. by Insider.

Engineers to work on Android integrations from Apple and Google are also welcome to return, the people said. They’re being asked to return to help relaunch Twitter Blue, Musk’s subscription offering for Twitter that should allow people to pay to be “verified” on the platform.

Media Engineering is a core Twitter organization, and Musk previously tweeted that he wanted longer videos uploaded to Twitter.

Twitter is also looking to rehire the Real-Time Media Infrastructure team, which handles live video and Twitter Spaces, and the team that handled the Knowledge Graph embed tags, which scored internal Twitter content, including content that should not appear next to advertising. Many advertisers have suspended spending on Twitter while they wait to see how the platform changes under Musk.

Several dozen people who were laid off have been invited back, and very few have expressed interest, current and former employees said. A current employee who has seen his team cut in half said that out of five people invited to return, “only one showed an interest”.

Even if the laid-off employees agree to come back, Musk isn’t making it easy, according to additional posts seen by Insider. To get someone back on Twitter, a current employee must confirm that person is interested and “explain why they are critical and convince your new manager,” one post said.

If approved, the former terminated person’s access to their computer and work tools is restored. Thousands of Twitter employees found they were fired by Musk on Thursday night when they lost access to their work tools.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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