Elon Musk makes cuts to global content moderation team

After Musk took over the social media giant, he said he wanted to make Twitter profitable and began cutting staff and extraneous spending.

Joshua Young North Carolina

On Friday night, Twitter CEO Elon Musk made more cuts to the company's Trust and Safety Team overseeing global content moderation, hate speech and harassment, along with cuts from the teams in global appeals and state media and from the misinformation division.

According to Bloomberg, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Ella Irwinm, said to the outlet, "It made more sense to consolidate teams under one leader (instead of two) for example."

Former head of Twitter Trust and Safety Yoel Roth left the company in November and was a central figure in the Twitter Files, a series of reports detailing conversations at Twitter concerning the company's efforts towards information suppression, censorship, and collusion with government agencies over several years.

Bloomberg reports the cuts "affected workers in the company's Dublin and Singapore offices" and included "Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, the head of site integrity for Twitter’s Asia-Pacific region, a relatively recent hire; and Analuisa Dominguez, Twitter's senior director of revenue policy."

After Musk took over the social media giant, he said he wanted to make Twitter profitable and began cutting staff and extraneous spending. The Washington Post reported he would lay off a full 75 percent of Twitter employees, a figure Musk said was grossly inflated. He did fire former Twitter lead counsel Vijaya Gadde, former CEO Parag Agrawal, and overall 5,000 Twitter employees were fired or left from the 7,500 active Twitter workers when Musk took over.

In November, Musk fired Twitter's Twitter's "Curation" team, the group responsible for "highlighting and contextualizing the best events and stories that unfold on Twitter."

When he acquired the service, Musk issued a statement to Twitter advertisers announcing his commitment to free speech and said, "The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence."

Before Musk's takeover of Twitter, the company was "only occasionally profitable" according to NPR. The company has a $13 billion dollar debt, a figure that is seven times greater than its projected 2022 earnings.

Musk signaled Twitter is making financial progress in December during an appearance on the All-In podcast.


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