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More Than 300 Workers Laid Off At Twitter

The layoffs — approximately 8% of the workforce — come about 10 days after Jack Dorsey announced he will serve as Twitter's permanent CEO.

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Twitter will lay off 336 people in an effort to "put our company on a stronger path to grow," according to an SEC filing.

The layoffs — approximately 8% of the workforce — come about 10 days after Jack Dorsey announced he will serve as the company's permanent CEO.

The product and engineering teams will face the biggest structural changes.

"We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce," Dorsey wrote to Twitter employees.

The company's recent efforts to attract and retain new users have been disappointing — by its own admission. Twitter's efforts to simplify its product have become its top issue.

"This isn't easy. But it is right," Dorsey wrote. "The world needs a strong Twitter, and this is another step to get there."

Made some tough but necessary decisions that enable Twitter to move with greater focus and reinvest in our growth. http://t.co/BWd7EiGAF2

Read Dorsey's full letter:

From: Jack Dorsey
To: All Employees
Date: October 13, 2015
Subject: A more focused Twitter

Team,

We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight.

The team has been working around the clock to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine, and Periscope and they are shaping up to be strong. The roadmap is focused on the experiences which will have the greatest impact. We launched the first of these experiences last week with Moments, a great beginning, and a bold peek into the future of how people will see what's going on in the world.

The roadmap is also a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work. Product and Engineering are going to make the most significant structural changes to reflect our plan ahead. We feel strongly that Engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce. And the rest of the organization will be streamlined in parallel.

So we have made an extremely tough decision: we plan to part ways with up to 336 people from across the company. We are doing this with the utmost respect for each and every person. Twitter will go to great lengths to take care of each individual by providing generous exit packages and help finding a new job.

Let's take this time to express our gratitude to all of those who are leaving us. We will honor them by doing our best to serve all the people that use Twitter. We do so with a more purpose-built team, which we'll continue to build strength into over time, as we are now enabled to reinvest in our most impactful priorities.

Thank you all for your trust and understanding here. This isn't easy. But it is right. The world needs a strong Twitter, and this is another step to get there. As always, please reach out to me directly with any ideas or questions.

Jack

Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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