Twitter job losses confirmed by Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and chief executive of Twitter, has confirmed plans to make hundreds of redundancies at the social media platform.

Twitter: chief executive Jack Dorsey confirmed plans to lay off 336 employees
Twitter: chief executive Jack Dorsey confirmed plans to lay off 336 employees

It is Dorsey’s first significant move after he was formally appointed as chief executive on a permanent basis, having been interim chief executive following the exit of Dick Costolo in July.

Costolo admitted disappointment when the company reported weaker than expected revenue growth in the first quarter of the year. In the UK, its advertising business doubled last year to around £90 million.

This year, the company is targeting UK ad sales of £180 million.

In a tweet last night, Dorsey said: "Made some tough but necessary decisions that enable Twitter to move with greater focus and reinvest in our growth." 

His tweet linked to an SEC filing, which contained a letter to staff confirming plans to lay off 336 employees, with production and engineering departments being affected most.

The letter in full:

From:         Jack Dorsey
To:             All Employees
Date:         October 13, 2015
Subject:     A more focused Twitter


We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight.

The team has been working around the clock to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine, and Periscope and they are shaping up to be strong. The roadmap is focused on the experiences which will have the greatest impact. We launched the first of these experiences last week with Moments, a great beginning, and a bold peek into the future of how people will see what's going on in the world.

The roadmap is also a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work. Product and Engineering are going to make the most significant structural changes to reflect our plan ahead. We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. And the rest of the organization will be streamlined in parallel.

So we have made an extremely tough decision: we plan to part ways with up to 336 people from across the company. We are doing this with the utmost respect for each and every person. Twitter will go to great lengths to take care of each individual by providing generous exit packages and help finding a new job. 

Let's take this time to express our gratitude to all of those who are leaving us. We will honor them by doing our best to serve all the people that use Twitter. We do so with a more purpose-built team, which we'll continue to build strength into over time, as we are now enabled to reinvest in our most impactful priorities.

Thank you all for your trust and understanding here. This isn't easy. But it is right. The world needs a strong Twitter, and this is another step to get there. As always, please reach out to me directly with any ideas or questions.


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