Elon Musk cuts Twitter moderation staff

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Elon Musk cuts Twitter moderation staff

Twitter is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Many people under contract with Twitter to moderate content on the social network recently acquired by Elon Musk learned in the media over the weekend that they were being fired.

The company announced earlier this month that it would carry out massive layoffs in order to improve its financial health, which was already fragile before the billionaire entrepreneur took it further into debt to fund its takeover.

< p class="e-p">But in addition to slashing full-time staff, the company has also made cuts to the company's contractors and subcontractors, according to media reports last weekend. /p>

Twitter and other major social networks rely heavily on people recruited through agencies to hunt down hateful and objectionable content all over the world. the world.

About 3,000 people were reportedly fired on Saturday, according to University of California, Los Angeles associate professor Sarah Roberts, a content moderation specialist.

< p class="e-p">Twitter hasn't revealed numbers to that effect, and the company's public relations department has barely responded to media inquiries since Elon Musk's takeover on October 27.

Several contractors mentioned that they first learned of their own dismissal by reading media articles on the subject.

Interviewed by The Associated Press, Melissa Ingle, a Twitter contractor, said she suspected the situation when she realized she could no longer access her emails on Saturday evening. Two hours later, his agency told him the bad news. She was a big data expert who worked on developing algorithms to find misinformation content on Twitter.

I love the platform, and really enjoyed working for it. business and try to make it better, she said. And I'm really scared of what will slip through the cracks [of moderation] from now on.

Since his takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk has been sending mixed signals about the direction editorial he will take regarding content moderation. Presenting himself as a champion of freedom of expression, he says he wants to relax the rules, but at the same time tries to reassure advertisers and civil organizations who fear that hatred will become commonplace on Twitter.

With information from Associated Press, and CNBC

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