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Musk's inner circle worked through weekend to cement Twitter layoff plans

By Elizabeth Dwoskin and Faiz Siddiqui

31 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Elon Musk has tasked his lawyer to layoff 25% of Twitter staff in the coming days. Another Musk associate, handling cryptocurrency investments, will also be roped in for product decisions.

SAN FRANCISCO - Members of billionaire Elon Musk's inner circle huddled with Twitter's remaining senior executives throughout the weekend, conducting detailed discussions regarding the site's approach to content moderation, as well as plans to lay off 25 percent of the workforce to start.

Alex Spiro, a well-known celebrity lawyer who has represented Musk for several years, led those conversations. Spiro is taking an active role in managing several teams at Twitter, including legal, government relations, policy and marketing, according to four people familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe them, as well as tweets from some of the people involved.

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