Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has criticized Elon Musk-run Twitter’s decision to sack its employees in India, saying they should be given “appropriate time to transition”. Also Read – Elon Musk says all Twitter impersonators will be completely banned
Vaishnav’s response, first reported by Business Standard, was that Musk fired nearly half of Twitter’s workforce globally, including around 150-180 employees in India. Also read- Twitter Blue is coming to India, Elon Musk told when?
“We condemn the way Twitter has sacked employees in India,” Vaishnav said, adding that the employees “should have given the employees a fair amount of time to transition”. Also Read – Twitter Chief Elon Musk Asks Some Retired Employees To Come Back: Bloomberg Stories
Sorting in India was done across all departments from gross sales to advertising, from content curation to company communications.
Twitter employees in India lost access to their official email and internal Slack and group chats last week.
Those who are still with Twitter India live in fear of losing their jobs in the next round, which they think will happen soon in keeping with Musk’s intentions.
According to the company, the entry of employee badges in Twitter offices was “temporarily” closed.
Musk said he had no choice but to mercilessly shoot half of Twitter’s team as the company was losing more than $4 million a day.
“With regards to Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no alternative when the company is losing over $4M/day,” Musk tweeted.
“All those exiting were offered 3 months severance, which is 50 per cent more than what is legally required,” he said.
He also said that Twitter’s revenue has seen a sharp decline as activists are putting undue pressure on its advertisers.