Twitter further cuts staff overseeing global content moderation

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc made further staff cuts in the trust and safety team that handles global content moderation and in the unit related to hate speech and harassment, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday.

At least a dozen more cuts on Friday night affected workers at the company’s Dublin and Singapore offices, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter.

Those laid off at the Elon Musk-owned social media platform include Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, a relatively recent hire as the site’s head of integrity for the Asia-Pacific region, and Analuisa Dominguez, Twitter’s senior director of revenue policy. reported Bloomberg.

Workers on teams handling disinformation policy, global appeals and state media on the platform were also removed, the report added.

Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, confirmed to Reuters that Twitter made some cuts to the trust and safety team on Friday night, but gave no details. “We have thousands of people within Trust and Safety who work on content moderation and have not cut back on the teams that do that work on a daily basis,” she said by email. Some of the cuts, she added, were in areas that lacked sufficient volume going forward or where it made sense to consolidate.

Twitter laid off about 3,700 employees in early November in a cost-cutting move by Musk, and hundreds more have since quit.

The company was also hit by a lawsuit last month that claimed the social media company disproportionately targeted female employees in layoffs.

(Reporting by Shubhendu Deshmukh and Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru Editing by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis)

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