Almost all of Twitter's employees in India are fired, leaving only twelve.
In a prospective growth area, Twitter Inc. drastically depleted its engineering and product personnel over the weekend by letting go more than 90% of its employees in India as part of a global round of layoffs under new owner Elon Musk.
Due to the sensitive nature of the situation, persons familiar with the situation who asked to remain anonymous stated that the firm had just over 200 employees in India before the cutbacks.
Global internet businesses like Twitter, Meta Platforms Inc., and Google, a division of Alphabet Inc., depend on India's sizable potential pool of new online users as a vital growth engine. However, the businesses must also comply with ever-stricter content laws designed to restrain the nation's major digital corporations.
According to one of the persons, the product and engineering team, which operated on a worldwide mandate, accounted for almost 70% of the jobs terminated in India. According to the persons, positions were also eliminated in departments including marketing, public policy, and corporate communications. Twitter, situated in San Francisco, California, cut the number of employees it had worldwide by nearly 3,700, or about half.
An email requesting comment was not immediately answered by Twitter.
With rival political parties often tossing accusations back and forth and accusing one another of disseminating false information, India has one of the most tense political dialogues on Twitter. More than 84 million people follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the platform. With a newly decreased workforce in the nation, which speaks more than 100 languages, it is unclear how Twitter intends to control that debate.
New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai's IT area, and Mumbai's financial district are all home to Twitter's operations in India.
According to Bloomberg News, the firm still employs roughly 3,700 employees worldwide. Employees have occasionally even slept in the office as Musk pressures those who stay to produce new features rapidly.
Globally, the corporation still employs roughly 3,700 employees, according to Bloomberg News. Musk is pressuring those who are left to provide new features rapidly, and in some cases, workers have even stayed up late to fulfil new targets.