Friday, March 31, 2023

India’s enormous IT double whammy Google makes staff cuts and Twitter closes two offices

The Elon Musk-run Twitter terminated two out of its three locations in India as the Alphabet-owned company let go 453 workers across departments.

After Tesla founder Elon Musk seized control of Twitter in 2022, the microblogging service let go about 200 workers, or more than 90% of its staff in the nation.

These changes occur at a time when major tech companies, like as Meta and Amazon, have been firing staff in an effort to slash costs in the face of a faltering global economy.

Google announced last month that it would be firing 12,000 workers worldwide, or 6% of its workforce. At the time, according to sources, CEO Sundar Pichai declared that he accepted “full responsibility for the decisions that brought us here.”

Tech companies in the nation continue to be impacted by the unstable tech job market. According to a report by The Information, Twitter India fired employees in its ad sales department on Friday.

According to the article, the social media company employed 800 sales and marketing staff as of last month. The precise number of layoffs, though, was not immediately clear.

Similar to this, Google India, a division of Alphabet, fired 453 workers on Thursday from a variety of divisions. According to a report by The Hindu Business Line, Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and Country Head, Google India, informed staff members of the change through email.

According to Bloomberg, which broke the news first, Twitter has closed two of its offices in India—in Mumbai and New Delhi. For the time being, the corporation has urged workers to work from home. Elon Musk is working to change the course of the faltering social media site and earn a profit, but only the Bangalore office, which is primarily made up of engineers, is operating.

Google did not respond to a search request until this story was published. Twitter could not be reached for comment right away.

Please note that this story has been updated to reflect the most recent information about Twitter layoffs.


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