At least 200 workers are said to have been left without a job during Twitter’s latest round of layoffs. The social media platform now has 74% fewer employees than it had last October when Elon Musk took it over. Last Saturday night, Twitter fired about 10% of the 2,000 people still working for the company. The new round of layoffs came a week after the company made it difficult for its employees to communicate with each other. Over the weekend, employees lost access to the company’s internal messaging service, Slack, preventing them from chatting with each other or accessing company data.
In an email to Google staff members that was later made public on the Google site, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, acknowledged the layoffs. The job layoffs would result in a 6% decrease in the company’s personnel. “This will require bidding farewell to some extraordinarily excellent individuals we worked arduously to hire and have enjoyed working with. I apologize sincerely for it, Pichai wrote. “I take full responsibility for the choices that brought us here because I am really concerned about how these changes will affect the lives of Google employees.
On Wednesday, Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp Parent Company Meta said it is laying off 11,000 employees, marking the most significant job cuts in the tech giant’s history. The job cuts come as Meta confronts a range of challenges to its core business and makes an uncertain and costly bet on pivoting to the metaverse. It also comes amid a spate of layoffs at other tech firms in recent months as the high-flying sector reacts to high inflation, rising interest rates and fears of a looming recession.
Protesters have long spoken about the murder of George Floyd back in 2020. Police used excessive force, and recently the law department fired a lawyer for misrepresenting in the court on the George Floyd case. Lawyer Dara L. Weiss drafted an email to the lawyers for the protestors to discuss about the dispute, but she never sent it.
Crime in New York City has increased by 60 percent in comparison to the crime rates in March 2021. From break-ins to subway pushes, New Yorkers find it impossible to find peace in their city without worrying every single step they take to work and home. A subway rider said, “I don’t feel safe anymore. I really don’t feel safe. I would rather take the bus for two hours, versus taking the train for 45 minutes.”
If you’ve gone to the store or filled up your gas tank recently, you’ve seen the daily impact of inflation. In a recent study, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows consumer prices jumping up 7% in December. This is a 40-year high. With living costs rising, employees argue that companies should be raising wages as well. While most Americans saw a pay increase last year because of the pandemic, especially those front-line workers in retail, grocery and fast food seeing large pay increases, inflation is re-adjusting many people’s way of life.