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ABC says most Australian employees were locked out and that there are only 50 employees in the country though SMH says 40.

Twitter’s Australian team of under 50 is small compared to others globally, and the company no longer has office space in Sydney.

Blue tick charge confirmed.

Yeah, fuck off mate. Twitter will be dead in a year. Bye bye.

Is he going to keep funding it if all the advertisers abandon it?

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I hope they say no to coming back.

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I do wonder if this is a ploy to be able to sack people rather then paying them out

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I wonder where employees stand if they been told that they’ve been sacked but then a few days later are told that they are wanted back. Can an employee say no and still take a redundancy? Can a company just change their mind? Can an employee sue them if they refuse? Can they claim for mental distress?

In Australia, in short, you can’t sack a full time or part time employee without proper process and notice. You can sack someone employed casually as long as that is in reality how they were employed or someone on a contract with that doesn’t include the normal notice period. So it depends on their employment status - casual, contracted or part or full time.

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It’s hard to know without understanding the mechanics of what the sacked staff have been offered and the terms - the long lead time appears on the surface to be an attempt to skirt around California’s WARN law (whether it is successful or not we’ll find out soon).

Youd have to assume that Twitter will do everything they can to reduce the size of the payouts too. With job shedding seemingly going on across the tech industry, it’s not a great time to be a tech worker in Silicon Valley that’s for sure

It looks like there will be issues in other countries (incl Australia) where Twitter have sacked staff - I suspect that no real consideration was given to local laws for territories outside the US

Mastodon is too technical for mass adoption - in a similar way that only a tiny percentage of PC users use Linux.


Meta should sweep in and launch a copy cat platform.

The Blue checkmark on Twitter can now mean 2 things:

The blue checkmark may mean two different things: either that an account was verified under Twitter’s previous verification criteria (active, notable, and authentic), or that the account has an active subscription to Twitter’s new Twitter Blue subscription product, which was made available on iOS on November 7, 2022.

So as well as the paid subscription blue tick there is the

Official labels

The Official profile label is applied to government accounts (institutional accounts, elected or appointed officials, and multilateral organizations)*, certain political organizations such as political parties, commercial companies including business partners, major brands, media outlets and publishers, and some other public figures.

These “free” blue ticks should reduce any immediate exodus from Twitter by major organisations not willing to pay.

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Twitter has now removed Twitter Blue via subscription as of yesterday.

On Thursday, Mr Musk tweeted that “too many corrupt legacy Blue ‘verification’ checkmarks exist, so no choice but to remove legacy Blue in coming months”.

The removal of Twitter Blue is the latest whiplash-inducing change to the service where uncertainty has become the norm since billionaire Elon Musk took control two weeks ago.

Impostors have created “overwhelming reputational risk for placing advertising investments on the platform”, said Lou Paskalis, longtime marketing and media executive and former Bank of America head of global media.

Mr Paskalis added that with the fake “verified” brand accounts, “a picture emerges of a platform in disarray that no media professional would risk their career by continuing to make advertising investments on, and no governance apparatus or senior executive would condone if they did”.

Jesus Christ, Trump, LeBron: Fake Twitter accounts surge after paid verification introduced

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Official tag - now back in addition to the blue tick on Twitter - media organisations, government bodies etc


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