“People on Twitter, past and present, are strong and resilient,” Jack Dorsey wrote on the social network, a day after laying off half the team at the company he co-founded in 2006.
“They will always find a way out, no matter how difficult the time may be,” added Dorsey, who left Twitter leadership about a year ago.
Many employees were expecting a reaction from their former boss and charismatic tech figure when Elon Musk took over the platform a week ago after a long and turbulent acquisition.
As of Friday, about half of San Francisco’s 7,500 business group employees have been laid off.
“I know a lot of you are angry with me. I take responsibility for anyone in this situation: I let the company grow so fast. I apologize for that,” explained Jack Dorsey, who left the company’s board in 2022, after stepping down from his role as CEO of Paraj Agrawal. , the group’s former chief technology officer, at the end of November 2021.
Elon Musk bought Twitter last Thursday after six months of a bumpy deal process, promptly dissolving the board of directors and firing Agrawal and other senior officials.
The owner of the Tesla car company, also took the company off the stock exchange and launched major projects within a few hours, while posting messages on Twitter with various promises, ‘take away’ humor and provocations to his fans and critics.
Musk funded the acquisition of $44 billion (the equivalent value in euros) through personal contributions, loans and partnerships, such as the one he made with Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who has in his hands nearly 35 million Twitter shares. Which he already had, becoming the second largest contributor to the social network.
“I am grateful to everyone who has worked on Twitter and really appreciate each one of them. I don’t expect them to be reciprocated now…or maybe never…and I understand,” Dorsey concluded, in the message released today, accompanied by an “emoji” in the form of Heart, blue like bird symbol on social network.
“Wannabe internet buff. Future teen idol. Hardcore zombie guru. Gamer. Avid creator. Entrepreneur. Bacon ninja.”