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More cuts come to Twitter’s trust and safety team

A sign attached to Twitter's global headquarters is viewed from a sidewalk on Market Street in San Francisco, California. June 18, 2014. (Photo: Matthew Keys/The Desk/Creative Commons)
A sign attached to Twitter’s global headquarters is viewed from a sidewalk on Market Street in San Francisco, California. June 18, 2014. (Photo: Matthew Keys/The Desk/Creative Commons)

Twitter has decided to lay off more workers at its trust and safety team, the group that is responsible for moderating content on the social media platform to ensure it complies with the law and the website’s own policies.

According to Bloombegs, the cuts happened late last week, with workers at Twitter’s Dublin and Singapore offices affected. The cuts come amid a wave of layoffs throughout Twitter’s offices around the world following the website’s acquisition by tech mogul Elon Musk last October.

Bloomberg said the latest round of cuts affected workers who helped prevent misinformation from spreading on the platform, as well as those who monitored state media outlets and handled appeals from users.

Ella Irwin, the head of Twitter’s trust and safety, confirmed some of the cuts were made in an attempt to consolidate teams, but said Bloomberg’s reporting on which sectors were affected were not correct. Specifically, Irwin said Twitter has increased the number of people who handle global appeals from users.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).