Twitter will not be firing or laying off more employees, Elon Musk reportedly told remaining employees during an all-hands meeting after asking employees to commit to a “extremely hardcore” Twitter.
According to The Verge, which obtained a partial recording of the event, the company is actively seeking candidates for engineering and sales positions.
Musk made the announcement on the same day that the company’s sales and partnerships teams were laid off.
Robin Wheeler, Twitter’s head of ad sales, and Maggie Suniewick, VP of partnerships, were reportedly fired for opposing Musk’s directive to lay off more employees.
Of course, all of this occurred after the website’s new owner ordered layoffs that effectively cut the company’s workforce in half.
During the meeting, Musk did not specify which roles Twitter is hiring for, but he did say that “[i]n terms of critical hires, people who are great at writing software are the highest priority.”
Because this was Musk’s first meeting with employees following his takeover, employees asked him about the company’s future, including whether Twitter will relocate its headquarters to Texas like Tesla.
Musk responded that Twitter has no plans to relocate, but that being “dual-headquartered” in both states could make sense.
Moving to Texas would also “play into the idea that Twitter has shifted from left to right.” Musk stated that this is not the case.
“It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter… in order to be the digital town square, we must represent people with a diverse range of viewpoints, even if we disagree with those viewpoints,” he added.
According to The Verge, Twitter recently fired employees who criticized Musk via tweets and other channels.
In addition to answering questions about the company’s inner workings, Musk revealed during the meeting that Twitter may not relaunch paid verification before the end of the month after all.
If you recall, the website had to pause its $8-per-month Blue subscription with verification shortly after it launched due to a significant increase in impersonation and fake accounts.
Blue Verified, according to Musk, will return on November 29th. However, he has now informed employees and announced that Twitter will not relaunch the subscription system until the website is confident that it can stop impersonation.
Furthermore, Twitter may eventually assign different color checkmarks to individuals and organizations, making it clear whether users are interacting with a company’s or organization’s actual account.
Twitter already has a gray “Official” checkmark reserved for organizations, but it appears that the company wants to make the indicator more visible and recognizable in order to protect users from impersonators.