Twitter reportedly laid off up to 200 employees over the weekend, including a key figure who helped set up the site’s new system for charging checkout fees.
Dozens of employees of the social media giant wrote that they found themselves blocked in email and on the company’s internal message boards. The cuts ended up affecting people on several important teams, including product managers and engineers who help keep Twitter online.
Layoffs amounted to about 10% of the remaining 2,000 Twitter employees, according to The New York Times. When Elon Musk purchased the platform in October, the company employed about 7,500 people.
Esther Crawford, the executive director of payments at Twitter, was among those who lost their jobs, according to The Verge. The monetization team, the Times added, has also been cut from 30 employees to fewer than eight.
Martijn de Kuyper, senior product manager who founded the Revue tool, which Twitter acquired in 2021, said he woke up to find his email blocked without warning.
“Looks like they let me go,” de Kuyper wrote on Twitter. “Now my journey with the Revue is truly over.”
Twitter has been going through a period of turmoil since Musk took over, and the site’s various launches and capabilities have fluctuated in recent months. Earlier in February, many users unable to send tweets or messages to other people hours in the worldwide glitch.
Musk began a crusade to boost Twitter’s revenue after he bought the site for $44 billion. This included a mass layoff in November and dramatic plans to charge checkmarks.
Musk promised after this round of cuts that layoffs were over.