Twitter Cuts Trust & Safety Teams under New Owner Elon Musk

Estella Fairchild

08 Jan 2023

Twitter Cuts Trust & Safety Teams under New Owner Elon Musk

Twitter has been undergoing drastic changes in recent months, with the company's new owner Elon Musk making more cuts to its trust and safety teams. According to sources familiar with the matter, at least a dozen workers from Dublin and Singapore offices have been laid off from their respective teams. This includes Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, head of site integrity for the Asia-Pacific region, and Analuisa Dominguez, senior director of revenue policy. 

The layoffs come as part of an effort by Musk to reduce costs on certain departments within the company, such as those dealing with content moderation, hate speech regulation, and harassment. By cutting these positions, it is expected that Twitter will save money while still being able to provide quality service for its users. Additionally, this move could help speed up decision-making processes regarding controversial topics such as misinformation or state media accounts on the platform. 

In response to these developments, Ella Irwin - head of trust and safety - confirmed that several members had indeed been cut but denied any targeting towards certain areas mentioned by the Bloomberg news agency. She also added that employees who were affected would be given additional resources for career transition purposes, such as outplacement services or job search assistance programs if needed. 

Despite criticism over his decisions at times when it comes to managing Twitter’s operations, it appears that Elon Musk is continuing his efforts in order to make the social media giant more efficient while reducing costs simultaneously. It remains unclear what other changes he may bring in the near future; however, based on current trends, it is safe to assume they should be beneficial both financially and functionally speaking in terms of user experience overall.