Musk Cuts 1000’s of Contract Employees, Hints at Extra Verification Parts
Right here’s the Elon Musk/Twitter replace for in the present day:
Extra Job Cuts
Over the weekend, Musk’s transition staff reportedly lower 4,400 of the corporate’s 5,500 contract workers.
Twitter customers native contractors for numerous duties, together with content material moderation and web site administration, however these usually are not workers, as such, so that they weren’t included within the authentic workers cull, which noticed Musk lower half of Twitter’s workers final week (earlier than asking a few of them to return again).
In accordance with stories, many of those contractors weren’t informed that their contracts could be canceled, they came upon after discovering that their entry to Twitter’s programs had been shut off.
The impacts that these newest cuts may have isn’t clear, but it surely appears as if Twitter’s moderation, and even day-to-day maintenance, might begin to deteriorate in consequence.
Musk has been up-front about the necessity to lower prices, with Twitter, apparently, dropping $4 million a day when he initially took over on the app. Job cuts will definitely handle this, no less than partly, however you would need to additionally count on that dropping so many workers and contractors (now as much as round 8k roles in complete) should have some impression on the service.
If issues begin falling aside within the subsequent few weeks, this could possibly be why.
In abstract, workers relations at Twitter are seemingly not going nice in the mean time.
As has been effectively documented, Elon’s $8 checkmark program has, this far, been fairly messy, resulting in a variety of impersonations, misrepresentations, and probably defamation, amid confusion over the brand new blue ticks, and what they really imply.
The following chaos has even resulting in main inventory impacts for some big-name firms.
Because of this, Twitter’s now taken a step again, with the brand new program faraway from dwell deployment late final week. Musk has admitted that it ‘wants some tweaks’, however he does count on the $8 checkmarks to be made out there once more by the top of this week.
Although doubtless with one important replace:
Rolling out quickly, Twitter will allow organizations to establish which different Twitter accounts are literally related to them
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 13, 2022
So the brand new course of, which is seemingly designed to handle the aforementioned points with impersonation, will allow Twitter to offer an official linkage between, say, a media group and their precise workers within the app, with perhaps a brand new variation of the ‘official’ grey tick, that shall be displayed along with the blue checkmark.
How precisely that can work isn’t clear, however the concept is that it will present extra granularity to verification – so the blue checkmark just isn’t considered as a sign of authority, as such, however as a marker of verified id in affiliation with a model.
In different phrases, imposters gained’t so simply be capable of dupe individuals with parody accounts, as a result of they gained’t have this additional seal of approval – no matter it might be – which might verify that it is a consultant of stated group.
Which makes some sense, however in all probability simply sticking with the unique blue tick system, and reviewing the rules for that, would have been simpler.
However then, I suppose, you wouldn’t be capable of cost $8 to usher in some fast money – and for context, 140,000 individuals reportedly signed as much as the brand new $8 checkmark program within the days that it was out there final week.
We’ll little doubt hear extra in regards to the subsequent iteration of Twitter verification quickly.
Twitter x LinkedIn
This can be a extra left-field choice, however Elon Musk additionally says that individuals will quickly be capable of listing their employment and schooling historical past on Twitter, increasing Twitter search into an entire new component.
Musk famous this in response to a person query about employment historical past and resumes, which Musk stated could be ‘coming quickly’ to the app.
That would add extra credibility, or not, to what a person is saying. For instance, if someone’s commenting on local weather change, and also you test their Twitter resume and discover that they haven’t any historical past of local weather analysis expertise, perhaps that lessens the worth of their enter.
Or perhaps they simply make it up. I don’t know, but it surely appears to be like like Musk is attempting to department out into new areas, which can be aligned together with his broader view of id verification. Or it could possibly be one other alternative to earn cash by way of job listings within the app.
These are the large notes from Musk’s numerous feedback and updates over the weekend, other than his ongoing provocation of battle between ‘the individuals’ and the ‘media elite’.
As Twitter pursues the purpose of elevating citizen journalism, media elite will attempt every part to cease that from occurring
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 11, 2022
I’m not precisely certain the place this stems from, because the adverse protection round Musk’s Twitter takeover to this point has associated to workers cuts, and the best way wherein they have been dealt with, verification adjustments, and the rushed nature of the brand new $8 checkmark program, and issues on the app, which Musk himself stated simply final week might go bankrupt at some stage.
It looks like these points have all been reported fairly precisely, even when they’re not flattering to Musk. However perhaps I’m lacking one thing – or perhaps, Musk simply advantages from inciting class warfare that pits his supporters in opposition to his perceived enemies.