Jack Dorseywho stepped down as CEO of Twitter less than a year agofinally addressed abbreviations it affected roughly 50% of the company he co-founded in 2006. Workforce cuts led by new Twitter owner Elon Musk affected thousands of people — and key teams working on human rights, accessibility, AI ethics and curation.
“People past and present on Twitter are strong and resilient,” Dorsey said on Twitter Saturday morning. “They will always find a way, no matter how difficult the moment. I realize that many are angry with me. I am responsible for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the size of the company too quickly. I am sorry about that.”
Dorsey, who also retired from The Twitter board five months ago, added that he is “grateful and loves everyone who has ever worked at Twitter. I don’t expect it to be mutual at this point… or ever… and I understand.”
Leaked documents from Elon Musk’s trial against Twitter gave some insight into how Dorsey was thinking about the future of the social media company. Dorsey texted Musk that he was leaving because Twitter needed to become a new platform — one that wasn’t a company.
“I believe it should be an open source protocol funded by a foundation that does not own the protocol, but only develops it. A bit like what Signal did. There can be no advertising model,” Dorsey wrote to Musk.
Affected Twitter employees used the hashtag yesterday #LoveWhereYouWorkedriff on the internal hashtag #LoveWhereYouWork to say thank you, say goodbye, and share personal news. As one former employee said, the new hashtag is “a bittersweet phrase — not because I’m gone, but because he’s gone.”
Despite Dorsey’s departure from his official Twitter roles, his silence has been noticed. Musk, meanwhile, addressed the layoffs Friday night.
“As for reducing Twitter’s power, unfortunately there is no choice when the company loses [$4 million a day],” Musk tweeted. “All those who left were offered 3 months severance pay, 50% more than required by law.”
Current and former Twitter employees can contact Natasha Mascarenhas at @nmasc_ or Signal, a secure messaging app, at (925) 271 0912.