Elon Musk to offer ‘amnesty’ to banned Twitter accounts amid further cuts

Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk calls for an “amnesty” for banned accounts Will start next week Those who “have not broken the law or engaged in serious spam.” he Surveyed users As to whether Twitter should offer amnesty, seemingly ignoring the fact that such polls can easily be gamed by bots. More than 72 percent of the 3.2 million votes approved Musk’s amnesty proposal.

Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s account last weekend after a similar vote. Trump has yet to tweet after getting his account back, though he continues to post on his own app, Truth Social. Late last week, Musk restored the accounts of comedian Kathy Griffin (who Musk needed before suspending her account), right-wing provocateur Jordan Peterson, and conservative satire website Babylon Bee.

The latest twist in the Twitter saga comes a day after the company fired another 50 or so engineers without notice, according to reports. They were fired shortly after the company started a code review program, where engineers are asked to submit samples of their work on a weekly basis. Dozens of engineers were fired by email the night before Thanksgiving because their “code was not satisfactory,” according to edgeIts Alex Heath.

Others received a warning about their performance. “Remember that not meeting expectations may result in termination of your employment…Please use this opportunity to restore our confidence and demonstrate your contributions to the team and the company,” Read that warning email.

The fired engineer is said to be to give Four weeks of severance pay if they sign a severance agreement and waive any claims against Twitter. They stayed at the company after Musk laid off about half its workforce. Last week, he asked remaining employees to commit to working on his vision for a “very hardcore” Twitter 2.0. Those who opted out (about 1,200 of the 3,900 who were still with the company as of early last week) were let go with the promise of three months’ severance pay.

The latest firing comes just two days after Musk laid off employees and Twitter is hiring, focusing on “people who are great at writing software.” One of the Twitter engineers turfed out Wednesday is Ikuhiro Ihara, who led the drive to double the tweet character limit to 280 in 2017. Twitter also let go of Ying Xiao, a senior staff machine learning research scientist described by a colleague PlatformerIts Joe Schiffer as the “best ML modeler” around. It shows some of the dismissed engineers Was on H1B visa And now they face a race to find a new job if they want to stay in the US.

Schiffer also reported Twitter cut holiday pay for its remaining contractors just before the holiday weekend. The move comes less than two weeks after the company killed thousands of its contractors. Musk also cut perks for workers this week, including daycare allowances, home internet costs and training – effectively cutting workers’ compensation packages.

The measures are part of an intense push by Musk to cut costs at Twitter, which owes at least $1 billion in annual interest payments on loans he took out to help buy the company. Earlier this week, it was reported that Twitter was getting tough on payments to vendors and contractors, including millions of dollars owed. Twitter no longer has a contact section where comments can be reached.

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