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Musk hints layoffs at Twitter in future, says platform needs to get healthy

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has told Twitter employees that the platform "needs to get healthy" financially and bring down costs, suggesting that job cuts are likely in store

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Musk hints at layoffs at Twitter in future

Tech billionaire has told employees that the platform "needs to get healthy" financially and bring down costs, suggesting that job cuts are likely in store if his deal to buy the social media service goes through.

When asked about the possibility of layoffs during an internal Q&A, Musk said "Right now costs exceed revenue," citing employees, The Verge reported.

"That's not a great situation," he added.

The question of layoffs has been top of mind for Twitter's more than 7,000 employees since Musk first said he wanted to buy the company.

In an earlier meeting, CEO Parag Agrawal told employees that layoffs were not being planned "at this time". Though Musk did not explicitly say if there would be job cuts, his comments suggest the odds are high.

Meanwhile, he also said that employees doing "excellent" work should be allowed to continue working from home.

However, he clarified that he strongly prefers to work in person and would confirm with managers that remote employees were contributing positively to the company.

The response came during a virtual all-hands meeting with employees, during which the Tesla CEO addressed workers for the first time and answered pre-submitted questions, read by a Twitter executive.

The meeting comes amid Musk's $44 billion takeover attempt.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, June 17 2022. 10:59 IST