Ex-Twitter Staff Confused That Company Hasn’t Collected Laptops: Wired

  • Some former Twitter employees say the corporate hasn’t collected their work laptops, Wired reported.
  • One ex-worker told the publication his laptop was digitally locked and is sitting in his closet.
  • Elon Musk, Twitter’s recent owner, has been trying to scale back the corporate’s operating costs.

Multiple laid-off Twitter employees said the corporate has yet to gather their work laptops, prompting confusion and fear of legal problems.

Eric Frohnhoefer, a former Twitter software engineer who was fired in November, told Wired he had not heard anything from the corporate about returning his work computer.

He told the publication that the Apple MacBook Pro had been sitting in his closet because it was digitally locked after his employment was terminated. “I’m joyful letting it sit there and be a brick,” he said.

Two other former Twitter employees told Wired they still had their work laptops, but were nervous keeping them could lead on to further delays with severance and even legal trouble. Laid-off Twitter employees received severance agreements from Twitter earlier this month after waiting for 2 months.

Wired reported that former Twitter employees said they’d received emails asking them to fill out a “Twitter Device Collection Survey” in the previous few days.

The publication reported that it had viewed the survey and that the document said company phones, laptop chargers, badges, authentication tokens, and company bank cards may very well be returned.

The survey said monitors and other computer equipment didn’t should be collected and it didn’t make clear what employees should do with laptops, per Wired.

Representatives for Twitter didn’t immediately reply to Insider’s request for comment made outside normal working hours.

Elon Musk has been drastically trying to scale back the corporate’s operating costs since he bought the platform in October. Soon after his $44 billion takeover, the billionaire abruptly slashed Twitter’s headcount by around half and has been conducting rolling layoffs since then.

The corporate can be behind on rent payments for its San Francisco and London offices, and has been auctioning off company property to boost funds. 

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