Twitter Cuts Contractors’ Holiday Pay, Starting Thanksgiving Day: Report

  • Twitter has reduced contractor holiday pay from Thanksgiving onwards, according to a Platformer reporter.
  • The company also fired some engineers because their “code is unsatisfactory,” according to a Verge reporter.
  • Elon Musk has introduced cost-cutting measures at Twitter since taking over the company.

Elon Musk’s Twitter has decided to end holiday pay for contractors working for the social networking company, according to Platform reporter Zoë Schiffer.

The measure will begin around Thanksgiving, according to Schiffer.

Amid mass layoffs since Musk took over, Twitter began laying off contractors on Nov. 12, and those affected discovered they had lost their jobs when they were banned from work accounts, Axios reported.

That’s not the only measure Twitter has reportedly introduced ahead of Thanksgiving.

Alex Heath of The Verge he said on Thursday that some Twitter engineers received an email Wednesday afternoon saying they were fired because their “code is unsatisfactory.” Twitter sent “performance warning” emails to other engineers, telling them to “restore our trust and show your contribution to the team,” according to Heath.

The report stemmed from a leaked email, seen by Insider, saying Monday that all Twitter employees who code or do technical work should submit a weekly summary of everything they’ve worked on.

Twitter did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside regular U.S. business hours about the company reportedly cutting contractor holiday pay and laying off some engineers.

Musk he tweeted on Thursday that Twitter users might notice “small, sometimes significant, speed improvements” in the app, adding that it would be more significant in countries further away from the US.

The reported changes to Twitter’s workforce come at a time when the company is cutting costs.

Twitter said Monday in a corporate email seen by Insider’s Kali Hays that it faces “a challenging economic climate where greater attention to cost management is necessary.” He listed the number of perks he would no longer pay for, including home WiFi, wellness and quarterly group activities.

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