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Let us dispel with the fiction that Elon Musk knows what he’s doing

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If you can read social media, you know as much about what’s going on at Twitter as the people who work there and are about to be subject to arbitrary mass layoffs:

With rumors of impending layoffs by new owner Elon Musk swirling inside Twitter on Wednesday, an employee noticed that the Google Calendar of one of their new bosses was publicly viewable. On it was an entry at 5 p.m. that day titled “RIF Review” — an acronym for Reduction in Force, or layoffs.

Another Twitter employee was able to view a group on Slack, the workplace chat tool, in which company administrators appeared to be finalizing the precise number of workers to be laid off, and how much they’d receive in severance.

By day’s end, word had spread across the company that layoffs — half the staff — would probably come Friday, and that Musk would require Twitter’s remaining employees to return to the office full-time. But that word didn’t come from Musk, or anyone on his leadership team. It came via Blind, the anonymous workplace gossip site that some Twitter employees say has become their best, and often only, source of information about what’s going on inside the company in the chaotic, surreal week since Musk acquired it for $44 billion.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and the company’s leadership has not confirmed the layoff plans.

Since Musk closed the deal on Oct. 27, employees say, they have not received a single official communication from anyone in a leadership position at the company. They have not been told that Musk completed the purchase, that their CEO and top executives were summarily fired, or that Musk dissolved the board and installed himself as chief executive.

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On the company’s Slack boards, employees have been posting Musk’s tweets about new features, asking whether they should begin working to implement them or continue standing by, according to another employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal matters. When Musk tweeted what features the company’s paid subscription tier should have, it caught most employees in the department running that product by surprise, the employee said.

“We’re all working for the Trump White House,” the worker said, comparing the atmosphere to Donald Trump’s administration, where tweets from the president announcing policies that hadn’t been discussed internally could come at any time.

For all his attempts to play visionary, this is just one of the oldest stories in rapacious American capitalism — acquire a company and load it with debt, fire lots of people, and maybe try to figure out how things work later.

And if you don’t like his stupid idea to try to generate large amounts of revenue by charging people for an emoji with no value, he has some even dumber ones:

This should work out great.

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