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Elon Musk has said an unconfirmed rumor that he is laying off Twitter employees to avoid stock grants is false. Reports from mainstream publications, which are again based on the words of “people familiar with the matter,” have once again been refuted personally by Musk.
Elon Musk, who completed the Twitter purchase on Thursday, denied the New York Times report that the platform’s employees were being fired before November 1 to avoid stock grants due on the day. The New York Times, citing four unidentified people familiar with the matter, said the cuts could begin as early as Saturday. In response to a tweet containing accusations against him and a link to the article, the platform's Chief Twit wrote: “This is false.”
This is false— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022
To date, it is known that Twitter Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and legal affairs and policy chief Vijaya Gadde have indeed been fired. However, it would be weirder if they stayed in their positions any longer, as it would be at odds with the whole situation that has developed between the former Twitter executives and Musk. The new owner has every reason, and now possibly real evidence, to believe that the dismissed employees violated the rules of the platform, and possibly the law. If these people had remained in their positions, they would have had time to cover up the traces of their actions even more or deeper harm the company.
The Information report, again citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, said that Musk fired top Twitter executives “for cause,” in an apparent effort to avoid severance pay and unvested stock awards. Director of research at Equilar Courtney Yu told Reuters on Friday that the fired executives “should be getting these (severance) payments unless Elon Musk had cause for termination, with cause in these cases usually being that they broke the law or violated company policy.”
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