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Twitter cuts workers facing hate speech, trust and safety as Elon Musk’s chaotic revamp continues

At least a dozen more cuts on Friday night hit workers at the company’s offices in Dublin and Singapore, according to people, who asked not to be identified when discussing non-public changes. They included Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, Twitter’s head of site integrity for the Asia-Pacific region, a relatively recent hire; and Analuisa Dominguez, senior director of revenue policy at Twitter.

Workers on teams dealing with the social network’s disinformation policy, global appeals, and state media on the platform were also purged.

Ella Irwin, head of trust and security at Twitter, confirmed that several team members were axed, but denied that they targeted any of the areas mentioned by Bloomberg.

“It made more sense to consolidate teams under one leader (rather than two), for example,” Irwin said in an email response to a request for comment.

He said Twitter axed roles in areas of the company that didn’t have enough “volume” to justify continued support. But she said Twitter has increased staffing in its appeals department and that it will continue to have a head of revenue policy and a head for the Asia-Pacific region of the trust and safety platform.

Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, partially funding the deal with nearly $13 billion in debt which it entailed interest repayments about $1.5 billion a year. He has since embarked on a frantic mission to revamp the social media platform, which he says is in danger of going bankrupt and was losing $4 million a day as of early November.

Speaking on a Twitter Spaces event last monththe temperamental entrepreneur likened the company to a “plane heading towards the ground at high speed with the engines running and the controls not working.”

Since taking over the company, Musk oversaw the layoffs or the departures of approximately 5,000 of Twitter’s 7,500 employees and instituted a “hardcore” work environment for those who stayed behind.

Twitter faces multiple lawsuits over unpaid bills, including private air charters, software services, and rent at one of its San Francisco offices.