In his first round of layoffs following his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, Elon Musk reportedly plans to discharge a quarter of the company’s staff.

It comes after the new CEO of Twitter allegedly gave the engineers of the social media company a deadline of less than two weeks to redesign Twitter’s authentication system or risk being fired.

According to the Washington Post, Celebrity lawyer Alex Spiro, a long-time Musk legal representative, led the conversations about the job cuts.

The first round of layoffs will impact almost every department, and are expected to specifically impact sales, product, engineering, legal, and trust and safety in the coming days, the Post’s source claimed.

Twitter had over 7,000 employees at the end of 2021, according to a regulatory filing and a quarter of the headcount amounts to nearly 2,000 employees.

Musk denied a New York Times report about laying off Twitter employees at a date earlier than November 1 which is tomorrow to avoid stock grants due on the day.

After engineers, Twitter’s highest-paid employees work in sales – with several earning more than $300,000.

According to a report from The Verge, Musk wants to launch a pay-for-play verification system in which verified users are charged $20 per month.

The problem is that engineers have until November 7 to launch the scheme or face being fired. Employees were only told of the project on October 30.

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The Verger report says that the price of the verification is subject to change. The price will also cover so-far unspecified other features.

Last Thursday, the Tesla and SpaceX chief immediately fired the social media company’s CEO, chief financial officer, head of legal, and general counsel when he took over.

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