Twitter said to plan job cuts, slimming down to go it alone

An announcement about the job reductions may come before Twitter releases third-quarter earnings on Thursday


Twitter, which loses money, is trying to control spending as sales growth slows. Photo: Bloomberg
Twitter, which loses money, is trying to control spending as sales growth slows. Photo: Bloomberg

San Francisco: Twitter Inc., having failed to sell itself, is planning to fire about 8% of its workforce as the struggling social-media company prepares to go it alone for the time being.

Twitter may eliminate about 300 people, the same percentage it did last year when co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as chief executive officer, according to people familiar with the matter. Planning for the cuts is still fluid and the number could change, they added. The people asked not to be identified talking about private company plans.

An announcement about the job reductions may come before Twitter releases third-quarter earnings on Thursday, one of the people said. A Twitter representative declined to comment.

Twitter, which loses money, is trying to control spending as sales growth slows. The company recently hired bankers to explore a sale, but the companies that had expressed interest in bidding — Salesforce.com Inc., The Walt Disney Co. and Alphabet Inc. — later backed out from the process.

Twitter’s losses and 40% fall in its share price the past 12 months have made it more difficult for the company to pay its engineers with stock. That has made it harder for Twitter to compete for talent with giant rivals like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. Reducing employee numbers would relieve some of this pressure.

Twitter shares were down less than 1% in early trading in New York to $17.95. Bloomberg

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