In the latest sign of the turmoil on Twitter against the backdrop of Elon Musk’s plansthe company has fired two top executives.
Twitter’s general manager, Kaiwon Bakepur, is leaving after seven years.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Bakepur said that CEO Parag Agrawal “asked me to leave after telling me he wanted to take the team in another direction.”
Bruce Falk, Twitter’s revenue and product host, was also fired, according to a tweet that was later deleted. His biography on Twitter now says “unemployed.”
“I dedicate this tweet to these engineers and thank EVERYONE for the opportunity to serve with you. It was great. There’s a lot more to do, so go back to work, I can’t wait to see what you create, “Falk tweeted.
Twitter confirmed both departures and said the company was suspending most hiring, except for business-critical roles.
“We are withdrawing non-labor costs to ensure that we are responsible and efficient,” the company said in a statement.
Bakepour was general manager of consumer Twitter, leading design, research, product, engineering and customer service teams and operations, according to his Twitter biography. Co-founder of the live streaming app Periscope, Beykpour joined Twitter when social media company bought his startup in 2015. Twitterin the application in 2020
“I hope and expect that the best days of Twitter are still ahead of him. Twitter is one of the most important, unique and influential products in the world. With proper nutrition and management, this impact will only grow, “he said on Twitter.
Bakepur did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX,to buy Twitter for $ 44 billion last month, intending to make it private. The purchase is expected to end sometime this year if shareholders, as well as regulators in the United States and other countries where Twitter does business, approve it.
The buyout has created confusion among Twitter workers, many of whom have interpreted Musk’s vow to unleash “freedom of speech” on the platform as meaning it will allow abuse and harassment to erupt on the platform. Twitter said in securities documents that it expects staff to leave before the merger is completed.
For his part, Musk told fellow investors that he was considering layoffs as a way to cut costs for the company, Bloomberg News reported