Social media giants get Congressional tongue-lashing
03 November 2017 | 10:44 am
Congress delivered a tongue-lashing to senior officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter on Wednesday, for allowing Russian actors to place ads on their sites in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Elon Musk said afterwards in a tweet that the arrangement is only temporary. It is unclear if or when he will name a new board.
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Employees are bracing for bad news after receiving a memo about job cuts, with every second worker reportedly at risk of being laid off. Elon Musk has already fired top executives since buying the social media giant.
Half of the social media giant's staff were reportedly laid off, some advertisers pulled their ads and US President Joe Biden said the platform "spews lies all across the world."
Cornet and four other Twitter employees had filed a lawsuit in California federal court on Friday accusing the social media company of violating federal and California laws requiring employers to give 60 days' notice before engaging in mass layoffs.
Meta Platforms Inc META.O said on Wednesday it will let go of 13% of its workforce, or more than 11,000 employees, in one of the biggest layoffs this year as the Facebook parent battles soaring costs and a weak advertising market.
The mass layoffs announced on Twitter have affected the newly-formed African team of the social media platform based in Ghana. However, Ghanaian lawyers are considering legal action against Twitter for violating Ghanaian labour laws.
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